Stories from Opinion

  • 5 years ago

    What lies ahead for Jokowi

    JAKARTA, Aug 24 — The judges have spoken and Indonesia’s longest-running election saga is finally over, at least constitutionally. The Constitutional Court’s...

  • 5 years ago

    Post election, Golkar at a crossroads

    JAKARTA, Aug 17 — As the legal dispute over Indonesia’s election results is being heard in the Constitutional Court, the political landscape is already starting to...

  • 5 years ago

    No closure for Indonesia as Prabowo extends political drama

    AUG 10 — When president-elect Joko Widodo unveiled his five-person transitional team, Indonesians should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief. Finally, the country can...

  • 5 years ago

    Two winners, no concessions in Indonesia

    JULY 11 — The bizarre turn of events following Wednesday’s election in Indonesia seems like a natural progression of two months of rancorous and turbulent campaigning....

  • 5 years ago

    Counting down the days to crunch time for Indonesia

    JULY 6 — The last time Indonesia caught a political fever was in the year following the 1998 Reformasi, when the country’s three-decade-long president Suharto had just...

  • 5 years ago

    Nostalgia for the New Order may drive middle class to Prabowo

    JAKARTA, June 29 — The neck and neck race for the presidency this year has been unanticipated by many observers of Indonesian politics in a couple of different ways. ...

  • 5 years ago

    Indonesians split in cut-throat presidential race

    JAKARTA, June 22 — Less than three weeks before Indonesians decide on their next leader, the presidential campaign has shifted into high gear as the two candidates battle it...

  • 5 years ago

    Jokowi the clear winner of first debate with Prabowo

    JAKARTA, June 15 — After weeks riding high in the polls with his blitzkrieg campaign, Indonesia’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto found himself on the...

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    Indonesian media picking sides and losing credibility

    JUNE 8 — The head-to-head race between presidential candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto has made it hard for consumers of information in Indonesia to believe what...

  • 5 years ago

    Will the real Prabowo please stand up?

    JUNE 1 — When Prabowo Subianto began his campaign for the presidency over a year ago, he was touted as a strong leader that Indonesia needed after 10 years of the...

  • 5 years ago

    Now that the dust has settled, the real fight begins

    MAY 25 — The mysteries have been solved, ending weeks of political parties’ posturing and swaggering and showing the Indonesian public the true colours of their...

  • 5 years ago

    Indecision reigns in coalitions for the presidency

    MAY 18 — Starting today, Indonesian presidential candidates can submit their tickets to the General Election Committee until the May 20 deadline. But less than 24 hours...

  • 5 years ago

    Presidential election in Indonesia: Mudslinging at its worst

    MAY 11 — One glance and the picture looks like just another memorial advertisement in a newspaper, bearing the name and information of the deceased and his survivors. The...

  • 5 years ago

    Vote buying mars election results

    MAY 4 — The race for parliamentary seats in Indonesia did not end after the voting booths were closed last month. In fact, it was just the beginning, thanks to an allegedly...

  • 5 years ago

    Indonesia’s presidential candidates hostage to smaller parties?

    APRIL 27 — After the election comes the scapegoating. In the time-honoured tradition of Indonesian post-reform politics, elections provide a good excuse for parties to...

  • 5 years ago

    Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party down but not out

    APRIL 20 — One of the surprising outcomes from Indonesia’s Legislative Election was that the Democratic Party (PD) managed to escape a heavily-predicted end, taking...

  • 5 years ago

    Indonesia’s next president: It may all come down to the running mate

    APRIL 13 — Indonesians voted for their legislatures last Wednesday, and unofficial counts have made at least one thing clear: never underestimate the complexity of...

  • 5 years ago

    Indonesia’s legislative elections: Are people getting cynical about the whole thing?

    APRIL 6 — With so much attention being paid on who will be Indonesia’s next president, it is easy to overlook an equally important democratic event that will take...

  • 5 years ago

    In Kelantan, a look at presidential candidate Prabowo's campaign

    MARCH 30 — When presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto descended on his chopper to the Bung Karno Sports Center in Central Jakarta and entered a packed stadium mounted on a...