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Hamish McDonald -- Indonesia can move on from its chaotic past if Widodo confronts vested interests

Luhut Panjaitan, a former special forces general and successful businessman, is one of the steadiest, most worldly and astute members of the Indonesian government, where he serves as coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs under President Joko Widodo.

Yet even he lost his cool recently when pressed about a judicial decision that, in the words of a U.S. ambassador, has affected "international views about the rule of law in Indonesia." This was the Supreme Court's February decision to overturn the acquittal of two teachers from Jakarta's leading international school on charges of sexually abusing students, returning them to 11-year jail terms.

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