Jan 21, 2019 Last Updated 6:32 AM, Jan 20, 2019

Politics

Election year

Election year

Edward Aspinall

Indonesia’s legislative elections offer a window into the deep forces shaping the country, and a glimpse of its political future

Indonesia is part way through its election year, having held its legislative elections on 9 April, and with the country now gearing up for the first round of the presidential polls in July. With more than 235,000 candidates running for seats in national, provincial and district legislatures around the country, the April poll was a massive logistical affair. It was also the culmination of years of effort, expense and stress for a huge number of people. Yet in some ways, the actual results of the election were an anti-climax.

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Dancing against violence

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

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Defending murder

Defending murder

A marriage of convenience lies behind a campaign to defend Kopassus soldiers on trial for murder in Yogyakarta

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Impossible ideal?

Impossible ideal?

Cosmopolitanism is a dirty word in rural West Java, where creativity and new words are needed to reopen dialogue.

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After justice

After justice

What happens after three police officers are found guilty of manslaughter and torture?

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Indonesia’s new anarchists

Indonesia’s new anarchists

Insurrectionary anarchists, with international connections, nihilist values and a penchant for arson, are moving to fill the vacuum on the left

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Ari’s audacity

Ari’s audacity

How can you be a straight cop when people just give you money?

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Strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows

An unlikely alliance between former rebels and a former New Order tormentor will test the limits of Partai Aceh loyalty

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