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Indonesian politics as spectator sport

From legislative elections to a looming presidential election, Indonesia’s lively political experience holds interesting lessons for the rest of the region.


Indonesia's ex-general Prabowo edges closer to presidential race

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former general Prabowo Subianto, who has struggled to shake off accusations of human rights abuses, received the backing of Indonesia's oldest Islamic party on Friday, bringing him close to being able to run in the July 9 presidential election.

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Indonesian lawmaker jailed in Alstom-Marubeni bribe case

Indonesia's main anti-corruption court sentenced a lawmaker to three years' jail Monday for accepting bribes from French company Alstom and Japan's Marubeni in a multimillion-dollar contract.


Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A small Indonesian political party has struck a deal with the main opposition party, clearing the way for its popular presidential candidate to run for the top job in July, a senior official of the smaller party said on Sunday.


After Indonesia's surprise election, top party hunts for friends

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is set for a period of political uncertainty after an unconvincing election win by the main opposition party which will likely force it to find allies to back its candidate in a July vote for president of Southeast Asia's biggest economy.


Asian shares rise on Fed minutes, unfazed by China exports

TOKYO: Asian shares look to extend recent solid gains on Thursday after minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting suggested the Fed may be more cautious about raising interest rates than markets had thought.


And the work begins for Jokowi

The Indonesian elections seem to have thrown up a winner, but not a clear winner. PDI-P has secured victory but its leader Joko Widodo has to show that he’s his own man before he can eye the presidency.


Indonesia election count suggests tougher ride for presidential hopeful Jokowi

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's likely next leader may have a bumpier-than-expected route to the presidential palace after early counting in Wednesday's parliamentary vote suggested his party will have to cut a deal with other parties to get him there in a July poll.


Indonesia votes for parliament, early returns cast doubt on easy PDI-P win

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesians voted for a new parliament on Wednesday in a poll expected to be dominated by the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), boosting the chances of its popular candidate in a presidential election three months from now.


Indonesia's presidential favourite lacks only one thing - a policy platform

JAKARTA (Reuters) - In a sign Indonesians are coming to assume that the hugely popular Jakarta governor Joko Widodo will be their next president, even the outgoing leader is pressing him to be more explicit about his policies before he is in office.