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Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono -

Skalanews - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono shed light on Indonesia's experiences in implementing direct elections during his opening remarks at the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) VII here on Friday.

"The elections were not easy. They were exhaustive, complicated, expensive, divisive, and even emotional - I suppose like any other elections in the world. No one said democracy was easy," Yudhoyono stated before three heads of states, ministers, vice ministers, and other high-ranking officials representing 85 countries in the forum.

Indonesia has, so far, been able to prove that it can conduct a peaceful and constitutional transfer of power, according to him.

"Indonesia, of course, is only part of the many electoral events around the world. We congratulate the successful elections in Algeria, Brazil, Fiji, Iraq, Lebanon, India, Iran, Lybia, Maldives, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, and many others. We welcome the recent peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan and the successful resolution of their electoral disputes," he remarked.

He informed the forum that earlier this year, Indonesia had organized a series of elections for the President, Parliament, Regional Representative Council or the Senate, and the local Parliament.

Some 135 million people took part in one of the world's largest electoral processes involving half a million ballot booths, which was organized independently by the Elections Commission (KPU), he explained.

"In the process, we elected more than a thousand leaders at all levels. Members of the new Parliament and the Senate have already assumed their responsibilities from October 1st. And on October 20, a new President - President-elect Joko Widodo - will be sworn in," he stated.

This forum also takes place during a challenging and turbulent time for the world.

At the macro level, there is a worrying trend of deteriorating relations among the major powers: the United States, Russia, Europe, China, and Japan.

The Russia-US and Russia-Europe relations have been affected to a major extent by the political events in Ukraine. There is no clear sign as yet on when and how the conflict in Ukraine will be resolved, he stated.

"On top of that, we are also seeing democratic transitions in distress, in particular in the Middle-East. The political transitions in Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, and Libya are still evolving, and some remain volatile. And there is no end in sight for the conflict in Syria," the president noted.

In 2008, Yudhoyono initiated the first BDF as an annual, inclusive, and open intergovernmental forum on the development of democracy in the Asia-Pacific region.

This year, the forum is co-chaired by President Yudhoyono and President of the Philippines Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam and Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao are also participating in the two-day meeting. (ant/mar)