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The Monitor's View Indonesia’s hunt for honest taxpayers

A tax amnesty in this Southeast Asian nation has yielded a mass display of contrition among tax evaders. The new honesty will help rebuild both the economy and democracy.

Reuters

The country of Indonesia in Southeast Asia is a land of superlatives. It is one of the world’s largest democracies but also one of the most corrupt. Its economy is bigger than that of France or Britain. It has more than 17,000 islands and more than 700 languages. But last year it added a new superlative.

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