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Open Access The rise and fall of governor Puteh

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The rise and fall of governor Puteh

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This chapter begins with a sketch of social stratification in Aceh, which is then used to explain the political restructuring that took place in the 1999 elections. Then it describes the election for governor. This was an occasion for intense competition by local groups. The chapter concerns the favouristic conduct of government under governor Puteh. Then it discusses reactions from society, ranging from the provincial parliament, to various marginal groups including the liberationist movement Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM). Finally, the chapter closes with conclusions. Aceh's economy is much more controlled by the state and large outside capital, and its culture perhaps somewhat less abrasive. Yet the upwardly mobile bureaucrats, contractors and ulema of Aceh build their followings, and their personal wealth, in similar ways and are thus as parasitic as their counterparts elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Keywords: Aceh; Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM); governor Puteh; ulema



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