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Indonesians are among the most enthusiastic users of social media in the world, and their tweets and posts are having a powerful effect on the 2014 election. But candidates seduced by virtual campaigning still risk losing critical constituencies, argues Ismail Fahmi

If Joko Widodo’s narrow victory in Indonesia’s third direct presidential election is confirmed, it may be seen as pivotal moment for Indonesian democracy. Tim Lindsey

The presidential candidate from PDI-P, Jokowi, encourages people to exercise their voting rights on election day.

A former special forces commander with noble lineage but a past with allegations of human rights abuses, Prabowo Subianto is reinventing himself as a champion of the people as he campaigns to be the next Indonesian President. By Helen Pausacker

The unanimous and unequivocal decision of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court last week has finally brought Indonesia’s presidential election process to a close.  The victory of Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and, his deputy, former vice president,  Jusuf Kalla, is now widely accepted as legitimate, says Director of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne Law School, Professor Tim Lindsey.

On Monday April 14, a quartet of Australia's foremost Indonesian experts gave their views on the recent Indonesian legislative elections at a public forum at the Melbourne Law School. View video and summaries of that event here.

Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has raised eyebrows by declaring direct elections a Western import.
Dave McRae
 

Presidential frontrunner 'Jokowi' is urging a "mental revolution" to a more optimistic, self-sustaining, self-believing Indonesia, invoking the language and ideas of the Sukarno era, observes Katharine McGregor.

Image: President Sukarno, Washington DC, 1956.

Jokowi and Prabowo both claim to have won the election. How can this be? Diane Zhang explains why the weight of credible quick counts stands with Jokowi, and looks at what lies ahead for Indonesia.

Prabowo, the presidential candidate and leader of Gerindra Party, promises to restore Indonesia's nationalism in this ad calling for his election to the presidency.

The candidates for the Indonesian presidency have presented their political visions to the voters. How do they compare?
Lily Yulianti Farid.

Image: Rocco Stecher/Fotopedia.com

The University of Melbourne's Professor Tim Lindsey talks to the ABC's Phillip Adams about the wash-up of last week's election, and why the charismatic favorite 'Jokowi' is still shaping up as the most likely next president after 9 July.

With the Indonesian election imminent and the Narendra Modi-led Government installed in India, significant shifts in power and policy loom in the region. What does this mean for Australia? Sally Warhaft at The Wheeler Centre talks to Electionwatch specialists Tim Lindsey and Pradeep Taneja.

In 2012, back when Joko Widodo was campaigning to be Governor of Jakarta, a slick music clip captured the frustrations of young voters in a crowded city, and helped build the image of the now Presidential frontrunner. 

This Golkar Party policy advertisement pledges priority and investment in improving education for Indonesian children.

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