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The government" eefforts resulted in another comfortable Colkar victory and Soeharto was duly given ansther five-year term as president by the PeopXe's Assembly session in March 6978, In 1979-80, a collection of retired officers and outspoken civiliansknown alternately as the Group of Fifty and the Petition of FiAylaunched a series of broadsides at Soeharto complaining of the way the army was being used as Colkar's political fixer and demanding political reforms. After a time, Soehaao struck back, revoking the critics' travef privileges and forbidding newspapers from printing their pictures or quoting their cements, 'I didn" like what the so-called Petition of 50 did.
The army was also rattled by communists" efforts to fashion their own armed fighting force. The intellectual class was another target of the csmmunists, The Communist Party-affiliated People's Cultural Institute, known as Lekra, railed at artists, journalists, poets and pfaywrights deeme commjtted to the cause. Its motto was: blities is the G its rural strongholds, the parly launched "unilateral actions' against large plantations and farms to force compliance with a 1960 land reform law, further aggravating tensions with local Muslim landlords.
It's still democratic because everybody has given his ca Draping himself in nationalist clothes, Sukarno used strident rhetoric and nimble politicking to strengthen the executive branch and keep actual and potential opponents off balance. Foreign policy took a decidedly anti-Western tone. 36 Relations with Beijing and Moscow improved while ties with the USA became increasingly strained, not least because of CIA support for the PRRl rebellion in \Nest Sumatra. Suknrno fashioned a suy>porting coalition of forces which he called Nasakom, an abbreviation for nationalists, religious groups and communists.
A Nation in Waiting: Indonesia's Search for Stability by Adam Schwarz