Indonesia

Jakarta Election seen as ‘Battle for Country’s Soul’

This Wednesday, February 15, Indonesia holds simultaneous local elections involving 101 provinces, districts and municipalities throughout the archipelago. The polls are an important mid-term read on the nation...

Asia in 2016: Indonesia

Indonesia recorded a fiscally promising 2016, with solid gross domestic growth and a supportive monetary environment bolstering economic momentum. Elected to office barely two years ago, President Joko "Joko...

Massive Jakarta Rally Aimed at Indonesia’s President?

On Friday, December 2, Indonesia’s political structure – and even the fabric of the nation as a secular republic – is expected to be further tested by a massive rally aiming to bring tens of thousands of Muslim...

Jakarta Governor Beset by Religion (and Politics)

In the wake of Friday's larger-than-expected rally against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama over allegations of blasphemy against Islam, President Joko Widowo postponed a state visit to Australia....

Indonesian Leader Names Dodgy Spy Chief

Police General Budi Gunawan, the close personal friend of Megawati Sukarnoputri who was caught two years ago in a major bribery scandal, has been appointed by President Joko Widodo as the country’s new National...

US Citizenship Costs Indonesian Energy Minister His Job

Indonesian President Joko Widodo dismissed his newly minted Energy Minister Archandra Tahar late Monday after it was found out that he also holds American citizenship, which is illegal under Indonesian law. ...

Executed Indonesian Drug Dealer’s Tale of High-Level Help

Indonesia executed four convicted drug traffickers on July 29, the third group execution since President Joko Widodo took office in October 2014. A firing squad killed them amid pouring rain shortly after midni...

Indonesia’s Complicated Relations with China

The open confrontation between Indonesia and China in Indonesia’s fish-rich Natuna area and subsequent coolness between the two countries belies President Joko Widodo’s moves to establish closer ties with Beiji...

Jakarta’s Governor Drinks the Kool-Aid

Jakarta’s popular, graft-busting governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama will run for reelection on a party ticket after all, jettisoning an independent 2017 bid that had thrilled millions and rankled the political est...

Jokowi Reshuffle Drops Reformers, Allows Politics

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s long-awaited cabinet reshuffle, presented today, July 27, shows the president accommodating more political interests into his chain of command. In all, 12 ministers are being ...