Indonesian Politics

Bersih2014: A New Political Movement is Born

Sick of oligarchy and money-politics, a coalition of Indonesian NGOs are fighting back

Indonesia’s Political Football

A win is all but out of sight for presidential hopefull Aburizal Bakrie, but can he at least score an equalizer?

Jokowi the party man

Classic Jokowi campaigning was on show on the weekend, but so was the classic PDI-P variety.

The Lion of PKB: Rusdi Kirana

Greg Fealy looks at how one of Indonesia's Islamic parties embraced an ethnic Chinese, non-Muslim, airline director

The Out-of-Towners

You're not from around here, are you? Non-resident legislative candidates are a national phenomenon.

Party cadres on the campaign trail.

Who stands for Papua?

Legislative candidates - No residency, no experience, no problem!

The holes in donut politics

In a political landscape dominated by money-politics, can a box of treats sweeten up Indonesia's voters?

Paranormal politics

Why is witchcraft part of the political toolkit for Indonesian candidates?

Jokowimania: a dispatch from Southeast Sulawesi

Eve Warburton reports that PDI-P hopes Jokowimania will help the party make inroads in far-flung parts of Indonesia.

Hot on the hustings–Indonesia’s ‘caleg cantik’

An increasing number of celebrities standing for parliament is a side-effect of quotas for female representation in politics.

Democracy, a ‘pathway to hell’

Democracy might be 'haram', but Islamist vigilantes are using it to their strategic advantage.

Indonesia Votes: what polling says

Who's winning, and why. Taking a look at some early polling.

Indonesia’s Overseas Vote: Time for Secession?

Indonesia's bizarre system for apportioning the votes of expats leads to some unusual campaign strategies.

The decline of the Demokrats

Conspiracy theories are the courier of political change.

Let the campaign begin

Ross Tapsell lays out what Indonesia's 2014 elections are all about.

Meet Joko Widodo

No, he’s not the Messiah, but a bit of reformist populism was just what Indonesia needed in 2014

Welcome to Indonesia Votes

Telling the story of Indonesia's election year, New Mandala style.