What were the key factors in Jokowi’s apparent victory? What were the legislative outcomes? Did irregularities occur? Dr Jemma Purdey, Dr Dirk Tomsa and Dr Dave McRae discuss these issues and more in their review of the 2019 elections for Talking Indonesia.
After a long, bitter, but largely uneventful campaign, it looks like President Joko Widodo will be re-elected with about 55 per cent of the vote. University of Melbourne academics offer their early thoughts on the results.
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.
The free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia was finally signed on 4 March. Matthew Busch writes that if successful, it could help stabilise economic, trade and investment cooperation in the face of future turmoil in the bilateral relationship.
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.
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.