Feb 04, 2023 Last Updated 3:56 AM, Jan 31, 2023

Political Parties

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.

Blood or money?

Ethnicity now plays a role in local politics in South Sumatra but money still rules

Bloodied but unbowed

Golkar still dominates Indonesian politics

Local democracy

Old elites are still in power, but direct elections now give voters a choice

Union conflict

Greater freedom to organise also means more opportunity for division

Political business

Entrepreneurs are transforming political parties.

Brother killing brother

The East Timorese resistance movement also committed crimes.

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