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    Indonesia Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Indonesia
      conventional short form: Indonesia
      local long form : Republik Indonesia
      local short form: Indonesia
      former: Netherlands East Indies; Dutch East Indies

      Data code ID

      Government type republic

      National capital Jakarta

      Administrative divisions 24 provinces (propinsi-propinsi, singular - propinsi), 2 special regions*(daerah-daerah istimewa, singular - daerah istimewa), and 1 special capital city district** (daerah khusus ibukota); Aceh*, Bali, Bengkulu, Irian Jaya,Jakarta Raya**, Jambi, Jawa Barat, Jawa Tengah, Jawa Timur, Kalimantan Barat,Kalimantan Selatan, Kalimantan Tengah, Kalimantan Timur, Lampung, Maluku,Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Riau, Sulawesi Selatan, SulawesiTengah, Sulawesi Tenggara, Sulawesi Utara, Sumatera Barat, Sumatera Selatan,Sumatera Utara, Timor Timur, Yogyakarta*

      Independence 17 August 1945 (proclaimed independence; on 27 December 1949, Indonesiabecame legally independent from the Netherlands)

      National holiday Independence Day, 17 August (1945)

      Constitution August 1945, abrogated by Federal Constitution of 1949 and ProvisionalConstitution of 1950, restored 5 July 1959

      Legal system based on Roman-Dutch law, substantially modified by indigenous conceptsand by new criminal procedures code; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 17 years of age; universal and married persons regardless of age

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Gen. (Ret.) SOEHARTO (since 27 March 1968) and Vice PresidentGen. (Ret.) Try SUTRISNO (since 11 March 1993); note - the president is boththe chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Gen. (Ret.) SOEHARTO (since 27 March 1968) and Vice PresidentGen. (Ret.) Try SUTRISNO (since 11 March 1993); note - the president is boththe chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Cabinet
      elections: president and vice president elected by consensus by the People's ConsultativeAssembly for five-year terms; election last held 11 March 1993 (next to beheld NA March 1998)
      election results : Gen. (Ret.) SOEHARTO elected president by consensus by the People'sConsultative Assembly; Gen. (Ret.) Try SUTRISNO elected vice president byconsensus by the People's Consultative Assembly

      Legislative branch unicameral House of Representatives or Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR)(500 seats; 400 elected by popular vote, 100 are appointed military representatives;members serve five-year terms; note - beginning with the elections in May1997, the composition of the DPR will change to 425 elected representativesand 75 appointed representatives)
      elections: last held 8 June 1992 (next scheduled for 29 May 1997)
      election results: percent of vote by party - Golkar 68%, PPP 17%, PDI 15%; seats by party- Golkar 282, PPP 62, PDI 56
      note: the People's Consultative Assembly (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat orMPR) includes the DPR plus 500 indirectly selected members; it meets everyfive years to elect the president and vice president and to approve the broad outlines of national policy

      Judicial branch Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung), the judges are appointed by the president

      Political parties and leaders Golkar (de facto ruling political party based on functional groups),HARMOKO, general chairman; Indonesia Democracy Party (PDI - federation offormer Nationalist and Christian Parties), SOERJADI, chairman; Development Unity Party (PPP, federation of former Islamic parties), Ismail Hasan METAREUM,chairman

      International organization participation APEC, AsDB, ASEAN, CCC, CP, ESCAP, FAO, G-15, G-19, G-77, IAEA, IBRD,ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat,Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, Mekong Group, NAM, OIC,OPEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNMIBH, UNMOP, UNOMIG, UNPREDEP,UNTAES, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Arifin Mohamad SIREGAR
      chancery: 2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
      telephone: [1] (202) 775-5200
      FAX: [1] (202) 775-5365
      consulate(s) general : Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador J. Stapleton ROY
      embassy: Medan Merdeka Selatan 5, Jakarta
      mailing address: Unit 8129, Box 1, APO AP 96520
      telephone : [62] (21) 344-2211
      FAX: [62] (21) 386-2259
      consulate(s) general: Surabaya

      Flag description two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; similar to the flagof Monaco, which is shorter; also similar to the flag of Poland, which iswhite (top) and red

      NOTE: The information regarding Indonesia on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Indonesia Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Indonesia Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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