Indonesia’s Generals Still a Potent Political Force

Although the fall of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who lost the April gubernatorial election and was subsequently jailed for blasphemy, has been laid to the rising power of Islamic hardliners, it fits into a bigger picture. It appears to be a long-s... Read More...
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Reality Bites Indonesia’s Jokowi

The promises Indonesian President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made during the campaign for president seemed at times too good to be true, among them his insistence that his cabinet would consist of “professional... Read More...
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Indonesia’s Prabowo Thunders On

As an example of how far failed presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s stock has fallen, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court, the electoral court of appeal, on Wednesday spent about as much time criticizing the grammar of his appeal against his loss at the pol... Read More...
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Indonesia’s Joko: Role Model for Asian Pols

The election of Joko Widodo in Indonesia is not just a victory for a maturing Indonesian democracy – a peaceful election whose fairness is not seriously doubted, probably not even by the loser Prabowo Subianto,... Read More...
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Prabowo Subianto: Indonesia’s Opposition Leader?

It appears almost certain that Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will lose his bid in the country’s Constitutional Court to overturn the results of the July 9 polls won by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, analysts say. Prabowo has charged the ele... Read More...
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Could Prabowo Steal Indonesia’s Election?

Let’s be clear about one thing: Joko Widodo has won Indonesia’s 9 July presidential election. If the formal vote counting and tabulation process concludes without massive fraud, he will be sworn in as the count... Read More...