Democratisation, Peace Processes and Security Sector Governance in Indonesia: The Case of Aceh

Democratisation, Peace Processes and Security Sector Governance in Indonesia: The Case of Aceh

Oleh Samsu Rizal Panggabean

In the elections for the governorship of Aceh on 9 April 2012, Irwandi Yusuf, the governor from 2007 to 2011, lost to Zaini Abdullah and Muzakir Manaf, who became the new governor and deputy governor, respectively. Abdullah was the foreign minister of the now defunct Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, and Manaf was the commander of GAM’s military wing. They stood for the Party of Aceh, a local political party. After the elections, Yusuf, who ran as an independent candidate, filed an appeal to the Indonesian Constitutional Court in Jakarta, accusing Abdullah’s and Manaf’s supporters of using violence and intimidation to win the elections. The Constitutional Court inspected the case and overturned the appeal. According to its Chief, the appeal was “baseless and unproven”; Yusuf, also a former rebel leader, accepted the ruling and congratulated the winner.

Panggabean, Samsu Rizal. “Democratisation, Peace Processes and Security Sector Governance in Indonesia: The Case of Aceh”. Peacebuilding and Security Sector Governance in Asia. Ed. Yuji Uesugi. Germany: LIT Verlag, 2014. 25-48. Print.

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