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.

The first three leadership debates have been derided as ‘uninteresting, stiff and scripted’. But Yoes C Kenawas writes that despite their weaknesses, the debates are important rituals for maintaining Indonesian democracy.

Why has Jokowi been able to maintain his lead in the polls so easily? What obstacles has the Prabowo campaign faced so far? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these and other questions with Dr Djayadi Hanan in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

For several days after the 2014 election, both Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto claimed victory on the basis of differing quick count results. Could Indonesia see a similar debacle in 2019? Dr Dirk Tomsa has been monitoring developments in the polling sector.

President Joko Widodo’s administration has been no friend of workers over the past five years. What does this mean for the trade unions that supported him in 2014? Professor Michele Ford examines how labour issues are playing out in the 2019 elections.

How is the Indonesian economy performing and what are the key economic issues for voters? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to economist Dr Lana Soelistianingsih about these issues and more in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have said their campaign will focus on President Joko Widodo’s economic weaknesses. But Matthew Busch writes that Prabowo’s attacks have so far fallen short, even though he has plenty of material to work with.

Going by the first presidential debate on 20 January, neither candidate feels that the electorate cares much about human rights. Dr Robertus Robet and Dr Alfindra Primaldhi present survey results suggesting that Indonesians do believe human rights are important – but acceptance of rights has its limits.

Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata Ayun write that rather than dismissing non-voters as apathetic or irresponsible, it is far more productive to reflect on how they can contribute to strengthening democracy.

Professor Tim Lindsey writes that Jokowi’s backtracking on plans to release Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is a reminder that there are still powerful nationalist forces in government who regarded Islamist hardliners as an existential threat.

With rights on the agenda during the first debate on 17 January, expectations were high. But as Dr Ken Setiawan writes, the performance of both candidate pairs left little hope for an improvement in the human rights situation.

President Joko Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin squared off against Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in the first of five planned presidential debates on 17 January. Dr Dave McRae was watching, and presents his five key takeaways here.