Indonesia

Jakarta elections a very bad look for Indonesia

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Indonesia’s self-identity as a tolerant, pluralist society has been shaken by Jakarta’s gubernatorial election, writes Tim Lindsey The decisive defeat of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as ‘Ahok’) in Jakarta’s litmus-test gubernatorial election is a triumph for hardline Islamist mob agitators. It comes after years of pressure from the Muslim right and may flag a shift […]

Indonesia

Not just another local election

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Candidates for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election are gearing up for a poll that will have ramifications for national politics On 15 February 2017 Indonesia will once again hold local executive elections for governors, mayors and district heads. Of the 101 elections to be held simultaneously across the country that day, the most highly anticipated […]