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Heavy security as Indonesia court set to rule on election-rigging claims

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The court is weighing ex-general Prabowo Subianto's claims the April poll was plagued by 'systematic, structured and massive' electoral fraud, costing him victory

PROTEST. A Muslim protester waves an Islam flag during a rally near the constitutional court in Jakarta on June 27, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

6 dead after election riots in Indonesia's capital

May 22, 2019 - 2:21 PM

(UPDATED) Dozens are arrested and parts of Jakarta are littered with debris and burned-out cars, as the violence triggers security advisories from the US and Australian embassies

Indonesian anti-riot police take a position to disperse the mob during an overnight-violent demonstration near by the Elections Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in downtown Jakarta early Wednesday after a rally opposed to President Joko Widodo's re-election, an AFP reporter said. BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Trump's Indonesian business partner 'eyeing presidency'

Jan 02, 2017 - 9:27 PM

If businessman Hary Tanoesoedibjo were to become president there would be two world leaders who have been business partners raising fresh concerns on potential conflicts of interest

EYEING PRESIDENCY. Indonesian Hary Tanoesoedibjo, President of MNC Group and CEO, speaks to journalists during a press conference in Jakarta on September 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY ADEK BERRY / AFP

Comelec: Let's show the world our elections

May 09, 2016 - 4:30 AM

While proud of the Philippines third automated polls the Commission on Elections faces an unprecedented challenge: issuing receipts from vote counting machines

A woman looks for her name and assigned precint at the Daniel Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City, on the southern island of Mindanao on May 8, 2016, ahead of the presidential and vice presidential elections.  Tens of thousands of security forces fanned out across the Philippines on May 8 on the eve of national polls, following a bitter and deadly election campaign plagued by rampant vote-buying and intimidation. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Indonesia president-elect faces huge reform challenge

Jul 27, 2014 - 4:17 PM

After his resounding victory in Indonesia s presidential race Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo now faces the daunting task of taking the world s third biggest democracy forward as resistance to reform lingers

PEOPLE’S CHOICE. Now president-elect from the Indonesia Democratic Party for Struggle Joko Widodo raises his fingers in this file photo as he greeted his supporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, 23 July 2014. Photo bt Adi Weda / EPA

The tenacity of Prabowo

Jul 15, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Indonesia s thrown into uncertainty as Prabowo and his rival 53 year old Joko Widodo both claim victory in the July 9 presidential elections sparking fears of potential violence

Indonesian president urges fair count after disputed poll

Jul 11, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Political tensions are rising after the tight election in the world s third biggest democracy ended with both Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival ex general Prabowo Subianto declaring victory

'President Jokowi'

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM

The presumptive next president of Indonesia has risen from obscurity in just two years to do something virtually no Asian politician in living memory has done: become a national leader on the basis of civic accomplishment not family heritage or party connections

Jokowi, Prabowo and the ghosts of Indonesia's past

Jul 11, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Jokowi is no mythic leader In fact his bottom up approach to governance may at first slow down the way the bureaucracy works

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Jul 10, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Investors look forward to a Jokowi win Gigi Reyes is rushed to the hospital It’s Argentina versus Germany in the World Cup finals

On Facebook, Indonesian elections rival World Cup fervor

Jul 10, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Those invested in the Indonesian elections make over 200 million interactions on Facebook enough to rival the interactions made during the Brazil Germany World Cup match

INDONESIAN ELECTIONS. Screen shot of Facebook's Indonesia Elections Tracker app.

Prabowo Subianto: You want a weak leader?

Jul 09, 2014 - 3:37 PM

To his critics Prabowo’s emphasis on strong leadership coupled with allegations of human rights abuses under the New Order regime of Suharto raised fears that his victory will cause an authoritarian reversal in Indonesia

Indonesia needs justice, not hope

Jul 09, 2014 - 1:30 PM

The real battles in Indonesia start tomorrow – after the election

Jokowi: Break from the past

Jul 08, 2014 - 9:23 AM

For the first time since the end of 32 years of Suharto’s authoritarian rule an orang kecil – a little person – is poised to win the presidency Will Indonesians go for Joko Widodo the man from the slums?

Fast Facts: Indonesia's presidential election

Jul 06, 2014 - 11:00 PM

How does it differ from presidential elections in the Philippines?

The remaking of Prabowo

Jul 06, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Can a man who has acted without accountability in the past really change? If elected will he take democracy forward or is he the last gasp of Suharto’s New Order government?

GENERAL TO PRESIDENT? Will former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto make it? File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Religion, ethnicity and the Indonesian elections

Jul 04, 2014 - 10:25 PM

Religion and ethnicity play big roles in the Indonesian elections How will the next president unite a nation divided by faith and race?

Indonesia’s Prabowo shows his hand

Jul 04, 2014 - 2:00 PM

What kind of presidency will Prabowo deliver to a country that the Economist Intelligence Unit has called the strongest democracy in Southeast Asia?

Presidential candidate from the Great Indonesia Movement party Prabowo Subianto greets his supporters during a campaign at a paddy field in Bandung, Indonesia. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Jokowi or Prabowo? A stark choice

Jul 04, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Indonesia’s presidential poll offers voters two dramatically different leadership styles

Indonesia's Jokowi still leads despite Prabowo's surge

Jun 27, 2014 - 6:53 PM

Joko Widodo s lead dwindles to single digits in the face of a tough challenge from Prabowo Subianto

INDONESIAN ELECTIONS. An electoral official records the temporary result of the voting during a vote counting at a polling station in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, April 9 2014. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Indonesian presidential candidates differ on South China Sea

Jun 25, 2014 - 7:41 PM

One presidential candidate believes Indonesia should play a more active role while the other says Indonesia should only meddle if it can effectively provide a solution

MEDIATOR. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa says Indonesia's diplomatic policy is to play a role in the South China Sea dispute 'in keeping with our capacity and potential to contribute.'

Indonesia: Final pairings for president

May 23, 2014 - 6:11 PM

Deadline drama in Indonesia as Bakrie’s Golkar backs Prabowo; the deal may be less than it appears

Indonesian presidential favorite picks running mate

May 19, 2014 - 3:19 PM

Joko Widodo picks Jusuf Kalla chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross and Indonesian vice president from 2004 to 2009 to be his vice presidential candidate

TEAM-UP. Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo (L), his wife Iriana, his vice presidential candidate Jusuf Kalla (R) and his wife Mufidah in Jakarta, May 19, 2014. Mast Irham/EPA

Indonesian elections: And then there were two

May 16, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Jokowi and Prabowo to go head to head in Indonesia’s presidential race

LEADING. Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) votes at a polling center during the legislative election in Jakarta on April 9, 2014. According to unofficial tallies, Widodo is on course to becoming the country's next president. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Mental health problems plague Indonesian election hopefuls

Apr 18, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Poll results will be known in May and the prospect of losing money property and dignity is driving candidates crazy – literally

Indonesia votes for a muddle

Apr 12, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The word now is negotiation Parties will be scrambling to form effective coalitions to get on the ballot in July

Islamic parties bounce back in Indonesia

Apr 11, 2014 - 11:43 AM

Indonesia s Muslim parties get a jump in support in legislative elections though analysts put it down to anger with corruption in the ruling party

INDONESIAN ELECTIONS. An electoral official records the temporary result of the voting during a vote counting at a polling station in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, April 9 2014. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Indonesian elections: The heat is on

Apr 11, 2014 - 7:26 AM

250 million strong Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim democracy – went to the polls this week

Indonesian poll sets governor on course for presidency

Apr 09, 2014 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED Indonesia s main opposition party won the most votes in legislative elections Wednesday unofficial tallies showed

LEADING. Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) votes at a polling center during the legislative election in Jakarta on April 9, 2014. According to unofficial tallies, Widodo is on course to becoming the country's next president. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Suharto nostalgia grows as Indonesia heads for elections

Mar 27, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Nostalgia for better times leads many in Indonesia to remember Suharto ahead of its upcoming elections

HOW ARE YOU BRO? In this photograph taken on March 9, 2014, a poster bearing the portrait of the late Indonesian dictator Suharto with a slogan "How are you bro? Still better in my time, no?" is displayed in Karanganyar town in central Java island. Anwar Mustafa/AFP

Jokowi time in Indonesia

Mar 23, 2014 - 9:00 AM

With the election cycle in Indonesia just beginning Jokowi is a potentially transformative figure