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Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, pictured with wife Iriana, is in the box seat to be Indonesia’s next president. AAP/Eka Nickmatulhuda

Jokowi wins Indonesian election, exit polls show: experts respond

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo appears to have won Indonesia’s presidential election in a quick count jointly released by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Cyrus. Joko Widodo…
Former military general Prabowo Subianto may not be a reliable protector of human rights in Indonesia if he is elected president. AAP/Zoe Reynolds

Potential foul play in Indonesia’s election

As the contest for the Indonesian presidency becomes too close to call, political scientist Djayadi Hanan says there is a…
Presidential candidate Joko Widodo’s opponents have accused him and his party of having communist sympathies. Eduardo M. C./Flickr

Spectre of anti-communist smears resurrected against Jokowi

It was utterly predictable. In the increasingly tight race for Indonesia’s July 9 presidential elections between the two candidates, Prabowo Subianto and Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, it didn’t take long for allegations…
Supporters of presidential candidate Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla dress up to show support. The pair’s final presidential debate is on July 5. AAP/W.F Srihardian

More rhetoric, less substance in Indonesia’s presidential debates

Further tightening the race for the Indonesian presidency, Prabowo Subianto’s running mate, Hatta Rajasa, appeared stronger in the vice-presidential debates on Sunday night, building on Prabowo’s win over…
Whoever wins in the Indonesian presidential election will hold a pessimistic outlook on Australia’s approach towards Indonesia. Mia Salim, AusAID

Addressing mistrust and phobias in Oz-Indo relations

One says “phobia”, the other says “lack of trust”. Either way, the Australian government should be concerned with how Indonesia’s presidential candidates see its southern neighbour. The issue on Australia-Indonesia…
Motorcycles drive by billboards of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa. AAP Image/NEWZULU/W.F SRIHARDIAN

Will Indonesia see a return of the strongman?

Until recently, the prospect of Prabowo Subianto winning Indonesia’s presidential election seemed far fetched. All eyes were on ‘Jokowi’ (Joko Widodo), the Jakarta governor who has enjoyed a commanding…
The big question around Indonesia’s presidential election is whether it will be able to provide a new kind of political leadership. AAP/W.F Srihardian

Prabowo vs Jokowi: the race between Indonesia’s old and new guard

Indonesians will next month cast their votes in their third presidential election since the end of president Suharto’s “New Order” regime in 1998. The new democracy has struggled to establish effective…
Motorcycles drive by poster of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in Semarang, Indonesia. AAP/W.F Srihardian

Tracing Prabowo’s cultural appeal

On July 9, Indonesians will elect their 7th president from two candidates of very different styles. Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, presents himself as a humble man of the people…
Joko Widodo is seen as the most committed to human rights of Indonesia’s potential leaders, but it’s not a big issue in coming legislative and presidential elections. EPA/Mast Irham

Half a century on, victims’ voices haunt a democratic Indonesia

The Indonesian army and civilian vigilantes killed at least half a million people between 1965 and 1968. Hundreds of thousands more were imprisoned without trial for long periods. Some were sent to remote…
Jokowi, the current favourite to be Indonesia’s next president, represents a break from the old Indonesian political elites. EPA/Adi Weda

Indonesian elections: nationalism and the men most likely

On Wednesday, Indonesians will go to the polls to elect their national, provincial and area representatives for the next five years. These elections will not only determine who controls parliament, but…

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