Islamic Nations Can Be Democratic

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    It is a relief to get some good news about an Islamic nation.

    Canada, U.S. Congratulate Indonesia on 'Successful' Presidential Poll

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/detaillatestnews.asp?fileid=20041005084916&irec=0

    OTTAWA, Canada (AFP): Canada and the United States of America congratulated the Indonesian government, people on and the winner of the succesful completion of the presidential election.
    Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew congratulated the Indonesian government and people "on the successful completion of their historic first-ever direct presidential elections."
    "As the world's largest Muslim democracy, Indonesia is a model for many countries," Pettigrew said in a statement.
    "This success is an indication that the Indonesian democratic process is strong."
    U.S. President George W. Bush Monday congratulated the victor in Indonesia's first direct presidential election, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his press secretary said in a statement.
    "On behalf of the American people, President Bush congratulates Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on his victory in the Republic of Indonesia's presidential election," Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said.
    "We commend the people of Indonesia on this latest achievement in their country's impressive transition to democracy," he said, noting that almost 77 percent of those eligible voted. Susilo, was named the winner of the September 20 poll by election officials earlier Monday after final ballot counting was finished.

    "The United States and Indonesia have long-standing bonds of friendship," he said. "We look forward to working with president-elect Yudhoyono in further strengthening our ties and enhancing the welfare of our peoples."
    The former general, 55, will be sworn in on October 20, one month after the vote that saw Indonesians dump incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri for her former security minister, who has pledged to revive the economy, eradicate graft and get tough on terrorists
     
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    fantastic! now hey 7th fleet command... can we please have a port visit in indonesia? they're a democracy, c'mon...
     

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