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Indonesia Votes 2019: President Jokowi set to win second term

Indonesia Votes 2019: President Jokowi set to win second term

April 18, 2019 By Kevin Evans

President Joko Widodo looks set to win a second term after quick count results point to an 8-10 point victory over his challenger Prabowo Subianto. The first point of note is that all of the respected polls indicate that the President has been returned with a slight increase in support. Across the regions, results vary. […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: The last shout

Indonesia votes 2019: The last shout

April 15, 2019 By Kevin Evans

This final debate saw both presidential and vice-presidential candidates cover matters related to the economy, social welfare, finance and investment, and trade and industry. The format provided an opportunity for both sides to press home key themes of their campaign and to take final digs at perceived weaknesses of the other side. Opening statements Jokowi […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Pemilu 2019 – Corruption, intolerance and democracy

Indonesian Media in Brief: Pemilu 2019 – Corruption, intolerance and democracy

April 12, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

The 2019 elections will mark two decades of democracy in Indonesia. But in the context of declining democracy across the globe, Indonesia’s democratic system has also begun to fracture. Issues such as corruption and intolerance towards minority groups in Indonesia prevail, but there is still much hope for Indonesia’s future as a moderate democracy. Corruption […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Election rituals

Indonesia votes 2019: Election rituals

April 10, 2019 By Kevin Evans

Every nation develops its own special election rituals. In Australia there is the almost church-like reverence as votes are counted in schoolrooms across the nation with eagle-eyed party scrutineers watching carefully to ensure their candidates do not lose a vote. Over the past couple of decades there has also been Antony Green’s cheerful face on […]

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Notes from South Sulawesi: On road and rail from Makassar to Parepare

Notes from South Sulawesi: On road and rail from Makassar to Parepare

April 10, 2019 By Helen Fletcher-Kennedy

As the AIC prepares to launch its new collaborative research program, the Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR), in South Sulawesi later this year, we took to the road for three days in late March to meet with the communities that live along the trans-Sulawesi highway between Makassar and Parepare. With me were the Centre’s CEO Eugene […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Fourth debate pits Jokowi the Optimist against Prabowo the Nostalgic

Indonesia votes 2019: Fourth debate pits Jokowi the Optimist against Prabowo the Nostalgic

April 1, 2019 By Kevin Evans and Dwi Yuliantoro

The themes for this fourth and second-last debate were national ideology, governance, defence and security, and foreign policy. The debate, on 30 March, featured only the two presidential candidates. National ideology Candidates were asked how they would affirm the national philosophy of Pancasila without resorting to indoctrination.* Prabowo began by noting that Pancasila was the […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: MRT opens in Jakarta

Indonesian Media in Brief: MRT opens in Jakarta

March 29, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

More than twenty years in the making, the new MRT was inaugurated on Sunday 24 March 2019 in Jakarta. According to Jokowi, “the [MRT] is part of a new culture because this is a first in Indonesia”. Beyond the transformation of the capital city’s public transport system, it is hoped that the MRT will also […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

March 20, 2019 By Kevin Evans

It is now one month to polling day! The debate between the vice-presidential candidates was conducted on Sunday 17 March. The debate featured KH Ma’ruf Amin, the 76-year-old running mate of incumbent President Joko Widodo, and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno the youthful 49-year-old running mate of challenger Prabowo Subianto. Other differences between the two candidates are […]

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