Indonesia politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Indonesia politics


Indonesia makes criticizing politicians a crime

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:08 PM

The vaguely worded bill passes the 560-member house, but has just become official, over the objections of President Joko Widodo who refused to sign off on the controversial legislation

Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:13 PM

It is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian king to Indonesia for 47 years and is one of the highlights of a rare Saudi royal tour of Asia

WELCOME TO INDONESIA. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) welcomes Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Halim airport in Jakarta on March 1, 2017. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Jakarta's Christian governor stands trial for blasphemy

Dec 13, 2016 - 2:42 PM

The high profile case has gripped national attention and stoked fears of growing intolerance towards minorities in the world s largest Muslim majority nation

ON TRIAL. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, sits in the defendant's chair during his trial at the North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta on December 13, 2016. Tatan Syuflana/AFP

Indonesia faces test of religious tolerance as Jakarta's governor faces blasphemy trial

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:11 AM

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok – the first Christian to govern Jakarta in more than 50 years – will defend allegations that he insulted the Koran and fight calls for his imprisonment under Indonesia s tough blasphemy laws

This file photo taken on November 16, 2016 shows Jakarta's governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama gesturing during his campaign for the next round of the governor elections in Jakarta. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia says 'no room' for gay community

Aug 11, 2016 - 1:35 PM

This comes as activists blast officials for an unprecedented series of LGBT attacks

Indonesia arrests people wearing shirts with communist logos, confiscates books

May 29, 2016 - 12:17 PM

The crackdown is a backlash to Indonesia s bid to probe anti communist massacres from 50 years ago

MASSACRE PROBE. In this photograph taken on August 15, 2012, a group representing Indonesia's retired military commanders and organisations including the country's largest Muslim body Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), delivers a statement at the NU headquarters in Jakarta. the group rejected any apology to the victims of bloody anti-communist purge, when between 500,000 and two million suspected communists were killed in purges in 1965 and 1966 under general Suharto. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Indonesia parliament speaker leaves post amid corruption scandal

Dec 16, 2015 - 10:08 PM

Novanto was under the limelight after the local arm of US mining giant Freeport made public a recording between Freeport Indonesia president director Maroef Sjamsuddin and Novanto who allegedly tried to extort shares from the company

NOVANTO OUT. The House Speaker has been found guilty of violating ethics. Photo by Antara

Scandal in Indonesia: Minister denies extortion claims, defends President

Dec 15, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Minister Luhut Panjaitan says there is no truth to claims that he asked House speaker Setya Novanto to negotiate shares for the President in exchange for the extension of US mining Freeport s contract in Indonesia

Menko Polhukam Luhut Panjaitan (tengah) usai memberikan kesaksian pada sidang etik Mahkamah Kehormatan Dewan (MKD) di gedung Parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, 14 Desember 2015. Foto oleh Agung Rajasa/Antara

Indonesia's Tom Lembong: 'Let's move away from playing games'

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:01 PM

We’re not a defensive culture We’re not a closed culture We’re not a culture of losers

Papua is not a problem, but the way we talk about Papua is

May 22, 2015 - 3:02 PM

This is what we missed in the discussion of opening access for Papua: let Papuans speak for themselves

PROTEST. Papuan student protestors protest in Surabaya, demanding the independence of West Papua province from Indonesia, in December 2013. Photo by EPA

Indonesia to allow foreign journalists full Papua access

May 09, 2015 - 7:28 PM

He revealed in an interview that from Sunday foreign journalists would be allowed full access

PAPUA PROBLEMS. President Joko Widodo seen here in Papua during the presidential campaign in June 2014. Photo by EPA

Indonesian leader grants clemency to Papuan political prisoners

May 09, 2015 - 10:54 AM

Activists said releasing a handful of prisoners was not enough and accused Jokowi of seeking to burnish his image

This photo taken on June 5, 2014 shows Presidential candidate Joko Widodo greeting his supporters during the second day of campaigning for the election in Jayapura, Papua. Photo by Cunding Levi/AFP

World condemns looming Indonesia executions

Apr 26, 2015 - 12:35 PM

UPDATED Indonesian foreign ministry: We note the statement by the UN but we also note that there was no similar statement made when recently two Indonesians were executed in Saudi Arabia

PREPARING FOR EXECUTION. Indonesian special police force secure the transfer of Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso to Nusa Kambangan prison as they arrive at Wijayapura port in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, on April 24, 2015. Photo by Bayu Nur/EPA

Indonesia’s Jokowi benefits from Golkar turmoil

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Coal magnate Bakrie could lose the chair of biggest opposition party

Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie (C) in Jakarta, Indonesia, 18 March 2014. Bagus Indahono/EPA

In Prabowo-Jokowi meeting, everyone benefits

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:42 PM

The reconciliation meeting boosts Jokowi s political standing ahead of his inauguration but benefits Prabowo s camp as well

RECONCILIATION? President-elect Joko Widodo (R) is greeted by defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto shortly after their meeting in Jakarta on October 17, 2014. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 9, 2014

Oct 09, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Prabowo camp threatens to investigate Jokowi for graft 40 000 year old cave painting in Sulawesi debunks European claims FPI leader turns himself in and more

FRESH ERUPTION. Residents watch as dark giant ash clouds rise from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption on October 8, 2014, as seen from Karo district in North Sumatra. Photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 2, 2014

Oct 02, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Fighting and walkouts on day one of the new legislature easy Japan tourist visa procedures KPK s new antigraft smartphone app and more

NEW HOUSE. Indonesia's new lawmakers being inaugurated in Jakarta on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/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

Indonesia’s bare-knuckle politics

Sep 15, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Threats to local democracy fuel subsidy stalemate and corruption arrests are all signs of a tense transition to President elect Joko Widodo

Lobi RUU Pilkada berlangsung alot

Sep 09, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Pimpinan partai politik harus turun tangan untuk temui kesepakatan sebelum rapat paripurna DPR RI pekan depan

RAPAT DPR. Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono menyampaikan pidato terkait Rancangan Anggaran Pendapatan dan Belanja Negara (RAPBN) di hadapan anggota dewan pada 3 Agustus 2009. Foto oleh Adi Weda/EPA

What's next for Indonesia?

Jul 23, 2014 - 6:42 PM

A legal challenge from Prabowo political realignments and the formation of a new cabinet are what s in store

BACK TO WORK.  Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo (C) answers questions from the media at the Jakarta city hall on July 23, 2014 He returns to work after the General Elections Commission declared him the winner of the presidential elections.  Photo by Bay Ismoyo / AFP

Prabowo's 'permanent coalition' looking tenuous

Jul 15, 2014 - 7:56 PM

This means that if indeed Jokowi is declared the election winner he might not have to contend with a majority opposition in the legislature

RED WHITE COALITION. Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (C-in white) with his running mate Hatta Rajasa (C-in blue) hold hands with the leaders of political parties forming the coalition after declaration of a permanent coalition in Jakarta on July 14, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Uncertainty for Indonesia after disputed vote

Jul 13, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Fears rise for Southeast Asia s top economy as growth sits at four year lows foreign investment slows and corruption remains rife

CHOICE. An Indonesian voter casts his vote at a polling station in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, 09 July 2014. Dahana Kencana/EPA

Prabowo's coalition moves to control legislature

Jul 10, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Joko Widodo may appear to be winning but parties supporting Prabowo Subianto have changed rules in picking the House Speaker It will now be an elected post in the legislature they dominate

INDONESIA'S LEGISLATURE. Prabowo Subianto's coalition controls 2/3 the House of Representatives. File photo by EPA

The remaking of Prabowo

Jul 06, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Can a man who has acted without accountability in the past really change? If elected will he take democracy forward or is he the last gasp of Suharto’s New Order government?

GENERAL TO PRESIDENT? Will former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto make it? File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Next Indonesian leader walks into economic storm

Jul 06, 2014 - 4:09 PM

Analyst: The next president will inherit huge problems he will have to hit the ground running on the first day

GRIDLOCK. This picture taken in Jakarta on July 3, 2014 shows vehicles on a road in Jakarta. Adek Berry/AFP

Jokowi or Prabowo? A stark choice

Jul 04, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Indonesia’s presidential poll offers voters two dramatically different leadership styles

Social media use and misuse in Indonesia's election

Jul 03, 2014 - 7:00 PM

This presidential election is being redefined by the Indonesian voters massive use of social media

Indonesian election too close to call

Jun 21, 2014 - 10:46 AM

‘Tough’ Prabowo closes fast on ‘friendly’ Jokowi as presidential race gets tight and nasty

The Indonesian election: Now a real horse race?

Jun 20, 2014 - 2:26 PM

La Porta: It is possible that Jokowi could achieve the 44 plurality some forecast in the presidential election but against Prabowo s rising 28 percent the election is increasingly becoming a real – and possibly too close to call – contest

FRIENDLY DEBATE. Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (R) talks to his contender Joko Widodo (L) shortly after a debate in Jakarta on June 15, 2014. Indonesia will hold its presidential election on July 9, 2014. Photo by Adi Weda/ EPA

Southeast Asian pirates on the prowl once again

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:06 AM

A spate of daring high seas attacks off Southeast Asia is stoking fears that its vital shipping lanes could once again become a hotspot for piracy

Mental health problems plague Indonesian election hopefuls

Apr 18, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Poll results will be known in May and the prospect of losing money property and dignity is driving candidates crazy – literally


Apr 01, 2014 - 8:32 AM

Indonesia is a country with a rich history and an emerging market economy that is leading among Southeast Asian nations

Jakarta governor heads for Indonesia presidency

Mar 14, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Indonesia s main opposition party nominates the hugely popular Jakarta governor Joko Widodo as its presidential candidate setting him up as the leading contender for July elections

China, India and Indonesia – Building trust amidst hostility

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:04 AM

The predominant culture of strategic autonomy in India and Indonesia seems to be dictating their economically beneficial and tension reducing exercises of cooperation with China

Stopping boats is a matter of sovereignty – Australia

Jan 22, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Australia will pursue the crackdown on boats carrying asylum seekers into its waters

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a file photo 7 Sept 2013. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian PM rounds on 'singularly unhelpful' Indonesia

Dec 15, 2013 - 4:14 PM

Abbott called on Jakarta to resume collaboration on the stream of asylum seekers transiting through the Southeast Asian nation

HAPPIER TIMES. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) talks to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R) as Abbott arrives at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, 30 September 2013. EPA/Adi Weda

Heavy metal-loving governor tipped for Indonesian presidency

Sep 29, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Just one year after being elected the man who was born in a riverbank slum is favorite to become Indonesia s next president at elections in 2014

ROCK STAR GOVERNOR. Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (C), is mobbed by rock fans as he arrived to watch a concert of the rock band Metallica at the Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, August 25, 2013. AFP / Olivia Rondonuwu

Christian, Buddhist places of worship shut in Indonesia's Aceh

Oct 23, 2012 - 3:28 PM

Authorities in Indonesia s only province that uses Islamic sharia laws said they had closed some Christian places of worship and Buddhist temples following pressure from hardliners