Tremors In Jakarta

Will political uncertainty stall Indonesia's economy?

The worst riots in Jakarta in two decades have shaken attorney Mulya Lubis. At the entrance of his office in the swank steel-and-glass Wisma Bank Dharmala office tower, soldiers bearing automatic weapons are now posted. Lubis, who does pro bono work for human rights groups, worries the already tense situation could get worse. "When things run amok, nobody will be able to control them," he frets. "I wonder how long the government can afford to pay for [the soldiers]."

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