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Indonesia court rejects bid to overturn Jokowi's victory

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The court throws out the case lodged by ex-general Prabowo Subianto, saying he did not prove he lost the April vote because of widespread cheating and voter fraud

RIVALS. This file photo shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and then presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (C) walk during a peace declaration for the general election campaign at the National Monument in Jakarta on September 23, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesian troops flood Jakarta streets after post-election riots

May 23, 2019 - 2:08 PM

(UPDATED) The government has also partly blocked access to social media – including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – in a bid to clamp down on fake news and hoaxes linked to the violence

INDONESIA CLASHES. Indonesian policemen leave the office of the Election Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 23, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia warns against protests as Widodo rival rejects results

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While official results are not due until next month, 'quick counts' show President Joko Widodo between 9 and 11 percentage points ahead of ex-general Prabowo Subianto

INDONESIA POLLS. Indonesians stand next to a poster of Indonesia president candidates in front of a pooling center during the presidential election in Kuta on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 17, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia's Joko Widodo on track to win presidency – pollsters

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Based on data collected at polling stations, Saiful Mujani Research Center, Indo Barometer, and Indikator Politik Indonesia say Widodo is holding a strong lead, although official results are not due until next month

JOKO WIDODO. Joko Widodo (L) and his spouse Iriana Widodo (R) display their inked fingers after casting their ballot at a polling center during the presidential and legislative election in Jakarta on April 17, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia polls close as 'everyman' president battles firebrand ex-general

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

More than 190 million voters were asked to choose between an incumbent president lauded for his infrastructure projects and a fiery nationalist with links to a brutal dictatorship

INDONESIA ELECTIONS. People cast their votes at a polling station during Indonesia's general election in Yogyakarta on April 17, 2019. Photo by Oka Hamied/AFP

Muslim-majority Indonesia votes in its biggest-ever election

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

More than 190 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot

A woman casts her vote at a pooling station during the presidential election in Trumon, Southern Aceh province on April 17, 2019. Indonesia kicked off one of the world's biggest one-day elections, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Facebook takes down fake network supporting Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The takedown takes place ahead of the Indonesian presidential elections on April 17

PRABOWO SUBIANTO. Facebook takes down a network of fake accounts described to be pro-Prabowo Subianto, a candidate in the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections. Shutterstock photo

Indonesia polls bring battle over China's Belt and Road push

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Incumbent President Joko Widodo still pushes for Chinese investment, while his opponent Prabowo Subianto wants to review their deals with the Asian economic giant

OPPOSING VIEWS ON CHINA. Electoral opponents incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo (2nd from R) and Prabowo Subiano (2nd from L) gesture during the draw for 2019 presidential election at election commission office in Jakarta on September 21, 2018, as vice president candidates Maruf Amin (R) and Sandiaga Uno (L) look on. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia's desperate housewives chase selfies on election trail

Apr 07, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Both Indonesia presidential candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto are regularly mobbed by adoring female fans – though Jokowi appears more at home performing in front of the crowds

SELFIE. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C) takes photographs with supporters during a visit in Sragen, Central Java on April 3, 2019. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Facebook to restrict foreign political adverts ahead of Indonesia poll

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The world's biggest social network is temporarily restricting any paid material from advertisers based outside Indonesia that relates to politicians, parties or attempts to encourage voter suppression

Dozens of ex-graft convicts running for office in Indonesia polls

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:23 PM

The Southeast Asian nation is riddled with corruption at all levels of society and its House of Representatives is widely viewed as one of its most graft-hit institutions

INDONESIAN POLITICS. This picture shows a banner featuring many of the political parties campaigning in the upcoming election, at the offices of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Jakarta on January 31, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

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Feb 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Throngs vow to vote for Muslim leaders in Jakarta election

Feb 11, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Supporters and followers of several Islamic groups flash posters such as I d prefer if my leader is a Muslim and It is forbidden to pick an infidel leader

Jelang pilkada, pengisian jabatan aparatur sipil negara sarat kepentingan politik

Mar 10, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Menurut UU kepala daerah petahana dilarang melakukan penggantian pejabat 6 bulan sebelum masa jabatannya berakhir

Pemilih menggunakan hak pilihnya dalam Pemilihan Umum Presiden dan Wakil Presiden, 9 Juli 2014. Foto oleh Dhana Kencana/EPA

Pemilu 2014: Berkah partisipasi dan keterbukaan

Jan 07, 2015 - 6:55 PM

Bukan Jokowi yang mendorong partisipasi dan keterbukaan di Pemilu 2014

Mengapa pilkada serentak harus diundur

Dec 24, 2014 - 11:49 AM

Mengapa pilkada serentak setidaknya harus berlangsung bulan Juni 2016 dan pemilu legisaltif dan presiden serentak harus berlangsung pada bulan Juni 2019?

Pemilih menggunakan hak pilihnya dalam Pemilihan Umum Presiden dan Wakil Presiden, 9 Juli 2014. Foto oleh Dhana Kencana/EPA

In first interview, Jokowi tries to manage expectations

Oct 20, 2014 - 11:20 PM

The people want a huge transformation immediately but everything has a process It’s not as easy as flipping the palm of your hand

PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT. Members of the public jostle to take selfies with newly inaugurated President Joko Widodo, with former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono behind him. Photo by EPA

Jokowi’s inauguration: What you need to know

Oct 16, 2014 - 4:51 PM

What will happen where who will be there security etc

DECLARED WINNERS Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo (L), accompanied by his Vice President-elect Jusuf Kalla, delivers his victory speech on board traditional pinisi boat 'Hati Buana Sejahtera' at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta on July 22, 2014. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Jokowi's presidential inauguration

Oct 15, 2014 - 8:43 PM

Joko Widodo makes history on October 20 2014 when he is inaugurated as Indonesia s 7th president

Yudhoyono: 'I felt the anger of the people’

Oct 10, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Indonesia s outgoing president addresses concerns over the country s democracy at the 7th Bali Democracy Forum

FINAL FORUM. Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivers a press statement at the 7th Bali Democracy Forum, his final one. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler

Asian CSOs 'concerned' for Indonesian democracy

Oct 09, 2014 - 10:00 PM

The Seoul based Asian Democracy Network issues a statement ahead of the 7th Bali Democracy Forum

ANTI-DEMOCRACY? Indonesian activists, one wearing a mask of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R), hold a mock trophy reading 'Father of Anti-Democracy' during a protest outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on September 30, 2014. Dozens of pro-democracy activists staged a rally to protest the  Regional Elections Law that ended direct elections for mayors and governors. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

'What democratic lessons?' Activists reject Bali Democracy Forum

Oct 07, 2014 - 5:07 PM

We don’t need to talk about democracy in ceremonial events when the people’s right to vote for their leader has been removed

SECURITY PREPARATIONS. Members of the Indonesian army prepare to secure the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), which will be held in Bali on October 10-11, 2014. Photo by Sonny Tumbela/AFP

Yudhoyono intervenes in election law controversy

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:17 PM

The outgoing president plans to issue a presidential decree to reverse the controversial new law that scraps the direct election of local leaders

OUTGOING PRESIDENT. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks on security and conflict resolution at George Washington University on September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 30, 2014

Sep 30, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Maneuvers by Prabowo and his allies to take over WelcomeMrLiar hashtag greets Yudhoyono s return a surprise gold medal at the Asian Games and more

TAKING OVER? Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his allies are seen to be maneuvering to take control of various aspects of the government away from President-elect Joko Widodo. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

In court ruling, Prabowo's coalition scores again vs Jokowi

Sep 29, 2014 - 8:42 PM

The Constitutional Court rejects a judicial review of the amendments to the law on legislatures paving the way for Prabowo Subianto’s coalition to obtain control of the leadership of the legislature

SOLID COALITION. Prabowo Subianto (C-in white) with former vice presidential candidate Hatta Rajasa (C-in blue) with the leaders of the political parties forming their Red and White coalition in Jakarta on July 14, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 29, 2014

Sep 29, 2014 - 8:28 AM

From ShameOnYouSBY to ShamedByYou two Asian Games gold medals for Indonesia Aceh s approval of caning for gay sex and more

Rappler Newscast | September 26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Court grants Enrile s request for hospital detention Napoles downplays ties with sacked anti graft justice Outraged Indonesians mobilize to protect democracy

Outraged Indonesians begin to mobilize to protect democracy

Sep 26, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Though there is little recourse other than to seek a judicial review of the new law – a move many are now working on – Indonesians are beginning to mobilize beyond Twitter hashtags

OUTRAGEOUS. Indonesian policemen extinguish fire during a protest against a new bill on local elections in Jakarta on September 25, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia’s political disgrace

Sep 26, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Prabowo and his allies take revenge on Jokowi by eliminating direct local elections

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014 - 10:43 AM

How Indonesians lost their direct local voting rights why SaveSpongebob is trending in Indonesia a governor allegedly caught red handed exchanging bribes and more

TOO VULGAR? Japanese anime character Crayon Shin-chan who regularly displays his naked buttocks will be censored in Indonesia after regulators criticized it as ‘somewhat pornographic’.’ Photo by Thoshifumi Kitamura/AFP

How Indonesians lost their direct local voting rights

Sep 26, 2014 - 7:53 AM

A walkout by the Democratic Party led to the House of Representatives easily passing the controversial Regional Elections Bill RUU Pilkada

PLENARY VOTE. Indonesia's House of Representatives voted to get rid of direct local elections on September 26, 2014. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 25, 2014

Sep 25, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Will Indonesians lose their right to vote today? Will the now convicted Anas hang himself at Monas? Will Indonesia bring home a gold medal from the Asian Games?

CHASING MEDALS. Indonesia's Glenn Victor Sutanto competes in the men's 100m butterfly swimming event during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on September 24, 2014. Photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 18, 2014

Sep 18, 2014 - 9:46 AM

Democrat party supports direct local elections students protest reduced limits on finishing degrees a radical group threatens to shut down an LGBT seminar and more

'GENIUS'. US director Joshua Oppenheimer (L),  with Adi Rukun, for the screening of their movie 'The Look of Silence' at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2014 at Venice Lido. File photo by AFP

Democrats confirm support for direct regional elections

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:48 PM

The ruling Democratic Party s official position gives the upper hand to the political parties who are against a controversial bill that seeks to get rid of direct elections for governors mayors and district heads

RULING FAMILY. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R), first lady Ani Yudhoyono (2nd R), and his son and daughter in-law, Edhie Baskoro (2nd L) and Siti Ruby Aliya Radjasa (L), show their inked thumbs after voting during the legislative elections in Jakarta on April 9, 2014. File photo by AFP

Prabowo revenge? New bill puts voting rights at risk

Sep 11, 2014 - 3:48 PM

Analysts say political parties are pushing for the controversial regional elections bill to force Jokowi and Megawati to start negotiating with them

RIGHT TO VOTE. An Indonesian voter casts his vote at a polling station in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, July 9, 2014. Photo by Dahana Kencana/EPA

Indonesia wRap: 9 September 2014

Sep 09, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Kabar terkini soal RUU Pilkada para anggota DPR yang tersandung kasus suap dana haji gugatan uji materi untuk menaikkan usia minimum menikah untuk perempuan dan lainnya

KOALISI PERMANEN. Anggota partai politik yang tergabung dalam Koalisi Merah Putih mendeklarasikan koalisi permanen di Jakarta, 14 Juli, 2014. Photo oleh Adek Berry/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 9, 2014

Sep 09, 2014 - 9:43 AM

The latest on the controversial local elections bill lawmakers implicated in the hajj graft scandal a petition to raise the marrying age for girls and more

'PERMANENT COALITION'. Members of the Red and White coalition of political parties supporting Prabowo Subianto during their declaration in Jakarta on July 14, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Polemik RUU Pilkada masuki tahap genting

Sep 08, 2014 - 8:29 PM

RUU Pilkada jalan untuk kurangi politisi korup atau tanda kemunduran demokrasi?

Anggota partai politik yang tergabung dalam Koalisi Merah Putih mendeklarasikan koalisi permanen di Jakarta, 14 Juli, 2014. Photo oleh Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesian court rejects Prabowo's election challenge

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:56 PM

The court s chief justice Hamdan Zoelva said the court was rejecting the entire petition from the appellant

FINAL ARBITER. Indonesia's Constitutional deliver its verdict over the presidential election dispute in Jakarta on August 21, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Tear gas, water cannons used against Prabowo supporters

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Local media reported that provocative speeches inciting violence were heard from some protesters ahead of the verdict

POLICE VS PROTESTERS. Prabowo Subianto's supporter are shot with tear gas canisters as police try to disperse the crowd trying to break through a blockade near the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on August 21, 2014, where the court is announcing its decision on the presidential election dispute. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Court verdict due on Prabowo's election challenge

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:31 AM

The Constitutional Court is expected to reject Prabowo Subianto’s lawsuit and Prabowo is expected to reject the court decision

PRABOWO LOYALISTS. An estimated 4,000 people gathered on August 6 for the first hearing of Prabowo Subianto's lawsuit at the Constitutional Court. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos

Prabowo's lawyer: Our evidence is too strong to reject

Aug 20, 2014 - 8:12 PM

There are only two options to uphold the law or to allow the violations that took place We believe only a deviation from the law will lead to a loss for Prabowo s team

FINAL LEGAL RECOURSE. Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa inside  Indonesia's Constitutional Court during a hearing on Aug. 6, 2014, to challenge the results of the presidential election in Jakarta. Photo by Bagun Indahono/EPA

Indonesians out to hold Jokowi accountable

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:43 AM

After guarding the vote empowered Indonesians are doing everything to ensure that Indonesia s next president will stick to his promises

JOKOWI VOLUNTEERS. Joko Widodo meets with campaign volunteers in Jakarta on July 21, 2014, on the eve of the election results announcement. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Prabowo’s weak suit

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

For the Prabowo Hatta ticket the court remains the last legal avenue to challenge the result If this is all they have got they should expect to lose

DEEP THOUGHT. Presidential candidate of the Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto (C), listens to his lawyer M Mahendradatta (L) accompanied by his running mate Hatta Radjasa (R) during the hearing a challenge to the result of presidential election at Indonesia's Constitutional Court in Jakarta on August 6, 2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

The betrayal at the heart of Prabowo’s challenge

Aug 12, 2014 - 9:37 AM

In his mind Prabowo has been betrayed three times by the people who have been declared victors in the 2014 election Stanley Weiss writes

NO SURRENDER. Former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has refused to concede. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Prabowo: ‘I can bring tens of thousands of witnesses’

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:09 PM

But he only has 14 days to challenge Joko Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla s victory in Indonesia s presidential elections

Security tight for first Prabowo lawsuit hearing

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:42 PM

More than 1 400 police personnel deployed but Prabowo Subianto s party says they expect up to 30 000 supporters

PROTEST. Supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, who lost the election to Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, stage a rally outside the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on July 25, 2014 . Photo by AFP

Jokowi gears up for transition; Prabowo camp goes to police

Aug 04, 2014 - 9:18 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Joko Widodo should wait for the decision of the Constitutional Court on Prabowo Subianto’s petition challenging the election results

MERDEKA! President-elect Joko Widodo and Vice-president-elect Jusuf Kalla raise their fists as they shout "Merdeka!" or "Freedom!" during their victory speech aboard a traditional boat in North Jakarta on July 22, 2014. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Public scrutiny shows problems in Prabowo's legal challenge

Jul 30, 2014 - 11:07 AM

Typographical errors inconsistent figures on how many votes are in dispute handwritten notes and unsubstantiated allegations are found in the legal document

SERIOUS CHALLENGE? A lawyer of Indonesia's losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, Didi Supriyanto (2-L), accompanied by Firman Wijaya (L) Akbar Tanjung (2-R) and Mahendra Data (R), show an official receipt after filing a legal challenge against the presidential election result with the Constitutional Court on July 25, 2014. Photo by EPA