indonesian politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on indonesian politics


The lessons Jokowi can learn from predecessor Yudhoyono

Oct 24, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Given the difficult decisions President Jokowi and his government must take the track record of his predecessor provides a cautionary tale

Jokowi presidency: How fast can Indonesia change?

Oct 20, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Change is disruptive and messy and when it happens fast it fails to take everyone along

#AnimatED: Congratulations, Indonesia! Now, the work starts.

Oct 20, 2014 - 7:30 AM

The battle to effect change to install meaningful reform and to move forward is not Jokowi’s alone It is your battle Indonesia

The perils of popularity for Jokowi

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:26 AM

There are deep reasons why it will be difficult for Jokowi to keep political powerbrokers at bay but the eyes of his millions of energized supporters will hold his government to a higher standard

Election calm shows Indonesia outshining Thailand

Aug 02, 2014 - 5:26 PM

While Thailand lingers in doubt over its future under a military junta the aftermath of a bitter and potentially divisive presidential election in Indonesia is proving to be remarkably calm and open

The tenacity of Prabowo

Jul 15, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Indonesia s thrown into uncertainty as Prabowo and his rival 53 year old Joko Widodo both claim victory in the July 9 presidential elections sparking fears of potential violence

'President Jokowi'

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM

The presumptive next president of Indonesia has risen from obscurity in just two years to do something virtually no Asian politician in living memory has done: become a national leader on the basis of civic accomplishment not family heritage or party connections

Jokowi, Prabowo and the ghosts of Indonesia's past

Jul 11, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Jokowi is no mythic leader In fact his bottom up approach to governance may at first slow down the way the bureaucracy works

Indonesia needs justice, not hope

Jul 09, 2014 - 1:30 PM

The real battles in Indonesia start tomorrow – after the election

Marcos, Prabowo and a failure of memory?

Jul 06, 2014 - 9:00 PM

With a possible Prabowo win and persistent talk of Bongbong Marcos for 2016 are Indonesia and the Philippines in danger of an authoritarian throwback?

'STRONG LEADER.' Suharto era general Prabowo Subianto says Indonesia needs a strong, decisive leader. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

Indonesia’s Prabowo shows his hand

Jul 04, 2014 - 2:00 PM

What kind of presidency will Prabowo deliver to a country that the Economist Intelligence Unit has called the strongest democracy in Southeast Asia?

Presidential candidate from the Great Indonesia Movement party Prabowo Subianto greets his supporters during a campaign at a paddy field in Bandung, Indonesia. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Spooking investors? Indonesia's Jokowi tackles ASEAN integration

Jun 16, 2014 - 12:43 PM

We are open but what is paramount is to protect our national economy leading presidential bet Joko Widodo says in a debate

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

Indonesia: Final pairings for president

May 23, 2014 - 6:11 PM

Deadline drama in Indonesia as Bakrie’s Golkar backs Prabowo; the deal may be less than it appears

Indonesia votes for a muddle

Apr 12, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The word now is negotiation Parties will be scrambling to form effective coalitions to get on the ballot in July

Indonesian elections: The heat is on

Apr 11, 2014 - 7:26 AM

250 million strong Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim democracy – went to the polls this week

Corruption, not Islam, key issue in Indonesia elections

Apr 06, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Political Islam is fading as corruption concerns rise for April 9 polls

Jokowi time in Indonesia

Mar 23, 2014 - 9:00 AM

With the election cycle in Indonesia just beginning Jokowi is a potentially transformative figure