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Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard is Fairfax Media's Indonesia correspondent. A former political reporter and workplace relations writer, he was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship in journalism in 2005. He is the author of Behind The Exclusive Brethren.

Tony Abbott urged to attend Joko Widodo's inauguration

Michael Bachelard Prime Minister Tony Abbott should travel to Jakarta to attend the inauguration of the new Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, in an attempt to forge a strong personal relationship to shore up fragile...

The six labours of Jokowi

President-elect Joko Widodo during an interview in Jakarta.

Michael Bachelard President-elect Joko Widodo has a Herculean task ahead of him to stamp his authority on Indonesia.

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.

Prabowo Subianto launches court challenge to Joko Widodo's presidential victory

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Michael Bachelard Losing Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will challenge the result of the election in the country’s constitutional court, citing “irregularities” that his team says...

Joko Widodo elected Indonesian president

Indonesia's next president, Joko Widodo.

Michael Bachelard A man raised in a squat built on a river bank has been elected to be Indonesia’s next president.

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 'withdraws' from Indonesian presidential election on day vote was to be declared

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto gestures during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Michael Bachelard Former army strongman Prabowo Subianto claims to have ‘‘withdrawn’’ from the presidential race on the day it was to be announced that he had lost.

Indonesian general Prabowo’s post-election bluff nears use-by date

Indonesia's Prabowo Subianto lost the presidential campaign but is still making the case for himself as leader.

Michael Bachelard In the almost two weeks since Indonesia's presidential election on July 9, the big question in Indonesia has been: “What does Prabowo Subianto think he’s doing?”

Indonesian presidential election: Prabowo Subianto will not accept result

Prabowo Subianto

Michael Bachelard Former military strongman Prabowo Subianto has indicated he will not accept the result of the Indonesian presidential election and has called into question the process leading to his likely defeat.

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...

Australian embassy 'concerned' by detention of Jakarta teachers

Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard The Australian embassy has weighed into a murky case of alleged sexual assault at the Jakarta International School, saying it is “deeply concerned” that two teachers have been detained in...

Teachers investigated for rape at prestigious Jakarta school

Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard Sexual abuse allegations at a prestigious international school in Jakarta have now embroiled three teachers, two of whom were interviewed late on Monday by police as suspects, and faced the...

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto promises tough action on asylum seekers

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, second from right, holds hands with top members of his coalition party at a rally in Jakarta on Friday.

Michael Bachelard The strongman candidate for Indonesia’s presidency, Prabowo Subianto, has established a “very good” relationship with the Australian government by promising to be “very...

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.

Victorious Jokowi hailed as hero of the people

Joko Widodo, popularly known as

Michael Bachelard The victor has promised to attack corruption and cronyism, improve health, education and infrastructure, and focus on delivering services.

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.

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...

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.

Who should lead Indonesia?

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Michael Bachelard On the streets of Jakarta it's a choice between the 'firm' Prabowo Subianto or the people's leader Joko Widodo in Indonesia's presidential election.

Who will Indonesia choose?

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Michael Bachelard The Indonesian presidential election is expected to attract a record number of voters, with public opinion divided over the two contrasting candidates.