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Prabowo victory secures Jokowi’s legacy

Jokowi's legacy is a paradox. While he enjoyed the fruits of democracy brought about by the Reformasi era, his actions have undermined the foundations of the very democracy that brought him to power from relative obscurity.

Talking Indonesia: election special

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Prabowo has exceeded expectations to claim victory in 2024 Indonesian presidential election. What do our Talking Indonesia's co-hosts think about the result? In this episode of Talking Indonesia, the co-hosts Jemma Purdey, Lis Kramer, Jacqui Baker and Tito Ambyo get together to chat about the election result, their analysis plus their hopes and fears for the future of Indonesian democracy.

Prabowo Subianto is poised to succeed in lifelong quest to become Indonesia’s president. This is why it’s so worrying

As the former general Prabowo Subianto settles into office, a further gradual dismantling of democratic checks and balances, institutions and individual freedoms is very likely.

Political repentance: can moderates ever forgive Anies?

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The vice presidential debate on 21 January garnered considerable public attention when Muhaimin Iskandar, the running mate of Anies Baswedan, borrowed the term 'ecological repentance' from Pope Francis. What does this tell us about the dynamics of religious politics in Indonesia?

The Indonesian presidential cult

The president is not some kind of rockstar or talisman to be adored. But even in the current era, most Indonesians – not only the lay people, but also the educated – continue to worship the president as a cult. They love and adore the president as a father figure.

Talking Indonesia: the presidential election

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With the election just weeks away the campaign for the presidency is in full flight. In this week’s episode Jemma Purdey chats with Marcus Mietzner, Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Australian National University.

Campaign costs impeding women’s political representation in Indonesia

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There are several factors frustrating women’s political representation including voter beliefs about women’s leadership, gendered processes of candidate selection in political parties and the low numbers of women holding senior positions in the civil service. However, the possibility of improving women’s political representation in the upcoming February 2024 elections will also depend on overcoming arguably the biggest impediment to their election: money.

Aceh in the 2024 Indonesian elections: self-rule but shared spoils

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Aceh will also have its own provincial gubernatorial and legislative elections in November this year. One leading candidate for Aceh’s governor is Muzakir “Mualem” Manaf, who is again chairing Prabowo’s Aceh campaign. There is a good chance that both will be victorious in 2024.

Prabowo Subianto: Indonesia’s perennial strongman recast as the adorable grandpa

Prabowo's political trajectory is a case study of resilience and reinvention. Throughout his long career he has faced accusations of war crimes, incompetence and even treason – and yet his detractors have never managed to end his political influence. This is due, in part, to Prabowo’s ability to repeatedly adapt his image. But as the 2024 election approaches, it is his most recent persona – that of an adorable grandpa for Indonesia’s Generation Z and millennial voters – that could be his most savvy.

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