In the 2014 elections, one of Joko Widodo’s key advantages was that he was not Prabowo Subianto. This time around, writes Professor Tim Lindsey, Prabowo’s main advantage is simply that he is not Jokowi.
In Talking Indonesia this week, Charlotte Setijadi chats to analysts Ben Bland and Liam Gammon about the legislative elections, as well as two first time candidates, Rian Ernest, from PSI, and Faldo Maldini, from PAN.
Over recent weeks, supporters of both President Joko Widodo and his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, have attempted to frame the contest as an ideological battle between communism and a caliphate. This is far too simplistic, writes Dr Nadirsyah Hosen.
Has the Indonesian electoral roll been manipulated? Have the civil service and security forces been mobilised in support of particular candidates? Dr Dave McRae chats to Titi Anggraini and Dr Fritz Edward Siregar about these claims and more in Talking Indonesia.
Professor Vedi Hadiz offers his take on the Indonesian elections, writing that the long election season has rarely been about contests between outright reformers and outright reactionaries, or between outright secularists and outright Islamists.
Sandiaga Uno has been the surprise star of the 2019 presidential election campaign. Dr Helen Pausacker profiles the vice presidential candidate and finds he has more in common with Jokowi than any of the other leadership contenders.
Join Dr Dave McRae, Dr Jemma Purdey, Dr Charlotte Setijadi and Dr Dirk Tomsa as they celebrate the Talking Indonesia podcast’s 100th episode. The co-hosts revisit some of the major themes of the first 99 episodes, and look at how these issues will affect the 2019 elections.