Jan 27, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

Political Parties

Chaos and consolidation

The April 2009 legislative polls exposed weaknesses in Indonesia’s electoral management, but the results will help to strengthen the democratic polity

Democracy yes, accountability no?

Voters have done everything they can for democracy. The same cannot be said for elites

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

We miss you wali nanggroe

Hasan di Tiro returns to an Aceh in transition

Giving up partisan politics?

Indonesia's biggest Muslim organizations are having second thoughts about partisan politics

Promoting pluralism

Pesantren progressives defend constitutional religious freedoms

The name game

Or, the years of living with no one to blame

An unholy alliance

Political thugs and political Islam work together in Banten

A different kind of party

PKS gets serious about recruitment in Malang

Corruption Inc

Controlling local corruption is one thing; tackling the big guys in Jakarta is quite another

How far to meaningful democracy? - 1

What you see is what you get.

Stable but unpopular

Indonesians have a love-hate relationship with their political parties.

Roots of democracy

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

How far to meaningful democracy? - 2

Democracy is feasible, but only if Indonesia’s democrats take on the elite.

Political fashions

Timur Angin photo gallery

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.

Behind the jamboree

Direct local elections give Jakartans a say in their city’s future

What price victory? The 1997 elections

ED ASPINALL finds that Golkar's massive electoral victory sits strangely with its loss of credibility on the streets.

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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