Sep 19, 2018 Last Updated 3:08 AM, Sep 19, 2018

Political Parties

Roots of democracy

Roots of democracy

Political parties have stronger social roots in Indonesia than elsewhere in the region.

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Rise of the clans

Rise of the clans

Direct elections in South Sulawesi show that a new breed of political godfathers is coming to power in Indonesia’s regions. Parties are increasingly irrelevant, but electoral competition is real.

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Political gangsters

The riot that engulfed Jakarta on 27 July 1996 started after army-backed gangsters invaded Megawati's PDI headquarters. JESSE RANDALL traces the strange relationship between government and criminality.

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Friend or foe?

In this snapshot of politics at the end of January, ARIEF BUDIMAN worries that the embryonic alliance between Amien Rais and Megawati remains vulnerable to government attack.

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