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Indonesia

Oligarch puppet or people’s choice? —the rise and rise of Joko Widodo

Scholars divide over whether the Jokowi ‘phenomenon’ represents a victory for Indonesia’s media oligarchs, or a serious challenge to them, writes ROSS TAPSELL. This year, Indonesia elected a new president, Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi). He catapulted from mayor of Solo in 2005, to Jakarta governor in 2012, to president in 2014. Not part …

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Yudhoyono leaves Indonesia facing an uncertain future

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s place within a broader span of modern Indonesian history has yet to be determined, writes EDWARD ASPINALL. Less than a month before his presidency came to an end, Indonesia’s Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono became the subject of a trending topic on twitter worldwide. It was not, however, the sort of publicity that …

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Correspondence: Indonesia’s democratic moments

The smartphone election Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi’s) inauguration as Indonesia’s seventh president this month, after trouncing the swaggering former Kopassus (Special Forces) commander Prabowo Subianto by a margin of 6 per cent in July, is an event of seismic significance, not just for the Republic but for all of us. It proves what’s possible and gives …

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‘Invisible’ Indonesia could show path to Islamic democracy in the Middle East

Long regarded as peripheral to the mainstream Islamic world, Indonesia could have much to teach the Middle East about Muslim democracy, writes JEAN GELMAN TAYLOR. Scholars and journalists often raise the conundrum: why doesn’t Indonesia have greater importance within the world community of Muslims? Indonesia, with a population of 240 million, is the world’s largest …

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