Indonesia

SBY vows to challenge new threat to local democracy in Indonesia

Michael Bachelard The losing side in the Indonesian election has struck a pre-emptive blow at president-elect Joko Widodo by passing a law to end the direct election of local and regional leaders.

Families of French journalists detained in West Papua beg Indonesia for mercy

French journalists Thomas Dandois (centre), 40, and Valentine Bourrat (left), 29, from Franco-German television channel Arte are photographed with an unidentified Indonesian immigration official in Jayapura city in Papua province.

Michael Bachelard The families of two French journalists imprisoned indefinitely for reporting in West Papua without a visa have spoken out for the first time to beg the Indonesian government for mercy.

Three elephants found dead in Aceh, Indonesia, with tusks removed

Villagers inspect a dead Sumatran elephant allegedly killed by poachers for its tusks, in Jambo Reuhat village, East Aceh, Indonesia.

Three endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead, all with their tusks removed, in Indonesia's Aceh province.

Four with suspected IS links arrested in Indonesia, as police boost patrols

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono convened a special meeting of his security cabinet.

Michael Bachelard Indonesian police have stepped up patrols in public areas where westerners gather in Indonesia after the arrest over the weekend of four suspected foreign Islamic State-aligned radicals.

Australia concedes nothing in agreement with Indonesia sparked by spying row

Michael Bachelard Australia has given away none of its ability to spy on Indonesia with the signing of a new agreement to settle the nine-month old row between the two countries

Australia wins the spy war with Indonesia

Julie Bishop

Michael Bachelard To the extent that anyone “wins” from a heated, emotional argument between two nations and neighbours, Australia has won the spying row.

ISIL's tentacles creep into Indonesia

ISIS flag, rally in central Jakarta a couple of weeks ago. The guy who's carrying it is from FPI, the Islamic Defender's Front, radical thug, street org here. Photo by Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard The high security island jail called Nusakambangan is described as Indonesia’s Alcatraz — there is no stricter prison and perhaps no more secure environment on the entire archipelago.

Court confirms Joko Widodo as Indonesia's next president as police stop Prabowo supporters

Indonesia's next president, Joko Widodo.

Michael Bachelard Indonesia’s next president will certainly be Joko Widodo after the country’s Constitutional Court made a “final and binding” decision that comprehensively rejected the appeal...

Joko Widodo claims early victory in Indonesia's knife-edge presidential election

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko

Michael Bachelard Joko Widodo and his political patron Megawati Sukarnoputri have claimed victory in the Indonesian presidential election, based on "quick counts" of ballot papers, less than two hours after polling...

Indonesia election: Prabowo comes out swinging in votes dispute

Prabowo Subianto has declared himself the winner of the presidential election.

Michael Bachelard Prabowo Subianto's team has come out swinging in Indonesia's disputed presidential election, insisting that its opponents are trying to "hijack" democracy.

Social media scrutiny aids Indonesia election count

An Indonesian election official tabulates results in south Jakarta on Wednesday.

Michael Bachelard Indonesia's tense and contested election count is being done entirely without international monitoring, but the country’s young people have come up with a solution for the social media age...

Prabowo Subianto rains on Joko Widodo's parade as Indonesia's next president

In with the new: Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono shakes hands with Joko Widodo, who will take up the presidency on October 20.

Michael Bachelard A man raised in a riverbank squat has been declared Indonesia's next president. Joko Widodo, the former mayor of regional city Solo, then Jakarta governor, was declared the winner of the presidential...

Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo both claim victory in Indonesia's presidential poll

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo gestures after voting in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Michael Bachelard Joko Widodo decisively asserted his claim to Indonesia’s presidency in a speech to supporters on Wednesday night which repudiated his opponent’s tactics and warned him not to tamper with...

Optimism the likely winner over anxiety in Indonesia's robust presidential election

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Michael Bachelard This seems like a turning point for Indonesia with the likely new president, Joko Widodo, the first post-Suharto politician to win a tightly fought election.

Jokowi's hope and change begins an optimistic chapter for Indonesia's young democracy

President-elect Joko Widodo in Jakarta this week.

Michael Bachelard Jakarta: The day after Indonesian voters produced a tight and heavily contested presidential election result, two distinct views emerged about what would happen next.

Indonesia's likely new President Joko is a Megadeth fan but this is no cause for alarm

From furniture salesman to president, a man of the people. Without military training or from a big family, Joko Widodo is a new style of politician for Indonesia.

Michael Bachelard 'Jokowi' is a new style of politician for Indonesia. He did not, like his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, come from a big family, a military training and Suharto-era patronage.

Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demands explanation from Australia

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Michael Bachelard Indonesia has reiterated that it wants “full transparency” surrounding the naming of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in relation to an Australian court case.

Australia has Indonesia "phobia", says presidential candidate

Joko Widodo, the favourite to win the Indonesian presidency on July 9.

Michael Bachelard Australia blamed for poor Indonesian relations during live presidential debate.

ANALYSIS

Both sides in Indonesia's presidential race see Australia as a problem

Puzzled by Australia: Indonesian presidential rivals Prabowo Subianto (left) and Joko Widodo at their debate on Sunday night.

Michael Bachelard Two starkly different men are contesting the Indonesian presidential election on July 9, and their third debate on Sunday night gave us the best glimpse yet of how they perceive Australia.

Presidential hopefuls face Indonesia's corruption commission

Joko  Widodo (left) with his opponent  in the presidential election Prabowo Subianto.

Michael Bachelard Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto may be excused some nervousness as he enters the office of Indonesia's redoubtable anti-corruption commission in Jakarta on Wednesday, where he and his running...