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Joko Widodo faces a hostile legislature, an overbearing party boss in Megawati Soekarnoputri, and high expectations from civil society.  His selections for his first cabinet reflect these challenges.   Professor Tim Lindsey explains.

The unanimous and unequivocal decision of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court last week has finally brought Indonesia’s presidential election process to a close.  The victory of Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and, his deputy, former vice president,  Jusuf Kalla, is now widely accepted as legitimate, says Director of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne Law School, Professor Tim Lindsey.

Many influential Indonesians perceive Australia as arrogant. Overcoming this is an immediate challenge, and reminds us much depends on how Australia handles bilateral relations under a new president, says Dave McRae. Image: Getty

Joko Widodo will take his place as President of Indonesia on 20 October. Dave McRae looks ahead to what Indonesia, Australia and the world might expect expect from his Presidency. Image: Getty

This bilingual spoof of the recent presidential debates gives a glimpse of the attitudes of the young generation of voters who got Jokowi over the line.

Over the howls of rival Prabowo’s extraordinary protests, ‘Jokowi’ has secured the presidency by over 8 million votes in the official count.

Religion played an unprecedented role in the 2014 Indonesian election campaign. Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais explores how and why faith became a political weapon, and ponders the implications.

With the official naming of the next President still six days away, Indonesian “netizens” concerned about election honesty have taken activism to a new level, uploading raw “real count” data and tallying it themselves. Lily Yulianti Farid explains.

Jokowi dan Prabowo masing-masing mengklaim diri sebagai pemenang Pilpres 2014. Bagaimana hal ini bisa terjadi? Diane Zhang menguraikan mengapa sejumlah quick count yang kredibel memenangkan Jokowi, serta apa implikasinya bagi Indonesia ke depan.

Our respected observers have been busy providing detailed analysis of Joko Widodo’s apparant election victory election and the implications for Indonesia and Australia. LIVE BLOG

The votes have been cast. Now, what does it all mean? An election night snapshot from
Tim Lindsey.

If Joko Widodo’s narrow victory in Indonesia’s third direct presidential election is confirmed, it may be seen as pivotal moment for Indonesian democracy. Tim Lindsey