Feb 24, 2019 Last Updated 4:13 AM, Feb 20, 2019

Election politics

Election politics

This edition of Inside Indonesia examines the role of money, religion and much else in this year’s elections

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Chaos and consolidation

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

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Down but not out

Down but not out

Islamic political parties did not do well, but Islamic politics are going mainstream

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Dominant but weak

Dominant but weak

Signs of underlying fragility in nationalist parties may benefit Islamic parties in future elections

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Symbols and signs

Symbols and signs

Photo-essay: PKS is often depicted as radical Islamist, but its members show evidence of ideological diversity

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Not just an elite game

Not just an elite game

In Bali, it’s neither policy, parties nor entrenched elites, but image-savvy politicians and an all-powerful media that are dominating the new electoral landscape

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