Analysis

Religion played an unprecedented role in the 2014 Indonesian election campaign. Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais explores how and why faith became a political weapon, and ponders the implications.

The University of Melbourne's Professor Tim Lindsey is interviewed on ABC AM about Australia-Indonesia relations as Indonesians head to the polls this morning.

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's early lead has vanished, and now this polarising presidential election is too close to call, says Dave McRae.

Over the howls of rival Prabowo's extraordinary protests, 'Jokowi' has secured the presidency by over 8 million votes in the official count. 

Sofyan Syamsul, a photographer in South Sulawesi, shares snapshots at the #pemilu2014 polls from the city of Makassar, East Indonesia.

 

Indonesia's politically ambitious media moguls have not been shy of exploiting their platforms and connections in their own interests. But audiences - and voters - are not amused. Lily Yulianti Farid.

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.

Professor Tim Lindsey analyses the election results with ABC Radio's The World Today,  CNBC Asia and Bloomberg and discusses what comes next for Jokowi.

Indonesian voters are looking for parties that can deliver clean governance, lower corruption and address popular welfare issues, said Tim Lindsey in an interview with ABC News 24 yesterday.

Poor handling of spying revelations and a unilateral ‘stop the boats’ policy have aroused Indonesian ire. Icy relations seem set to endure with PM Abbott's decision not to go to Bali. Tim Lindsey explains.

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

This bi-lingual spoof of the recent presidential debates gives a glimpse of the attitudes of the young generation of voters who got Jokowi over the line. 

Jokowi is seen as an honest politician who meets directly with the common man, but we're still not entirely sure what his leadership would mean for the future of Indonesia, writes Dave McRae.

 

New claims about the conduct of Operation Sovereign Borders has further eroded Indonesia's relationship with Australia, Indonesian politics analyst Professor Tim Lindsey has warned.

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