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ASEAN’s democracy is low quality

Indonesia pulled off a complex yet peaceful election across its vast – and ethnically diverse – island territory this week, cementing its place as a democratic beacon in a sea of authoritarian governments, analysts say.

But the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation still faces a spike in militant Islam and myriad other challenges.

19 April 2019
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What next for defeated Prabowo?

Indonesia's Joko Widodo said Thursday his re-election as head of the world's third-biggest democracy was all but assured, calling for calm as his firebrand ex-general rival insisted he had in fact won the nation's top job.

19 April 2019
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Indonesia’s education dilemma

Last October, Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma revealed that he was in discussion with the Indonesian government regarding the possibility of opening an institute to train tech entrepreneurs in the country. This, he said, would help Indonesia meet the skill demands of Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

14 April 2019
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From tourist to illegal worker

Indonesia is hoping to attract 3.5 million Chinese tourists to visit various tourist destinations in the country this year. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya expressed optimism that the target of 3.5 million Chinese tourist arrivals for 2019 would be achieved after the ministry designated Singapore as a hub for the Indonesian tourism market.

12 April 2019
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Female fans in pursuit of Jokowi

Tears stream down Lilis Hastirini's mascara-smudged face after she waited hours to snap a selfie with Indonesia's president, only to be thwarted by a crush of other female fans with the same idea.

8 April 2019
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The Papua problem

Papua was formerly a Dutch-controlled colony and had since been annexed by Indonesia in 1963.

5 April 2019
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Jokowi gambles on rural voters

For Siti Mutmainah, a government cash handout of 800,000 rupiah (US$56) every quarter has turned her family’s life around, putting health care and education for her two children well within her reach.

5 April 2019
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Malaysia PM says release of murder suspect lawful

Malaysia's prime minister said Tuesday the surprise release of an Indonesian woman who was on trial for assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother followed the "rule of law", after suspicions of meddling amid an intense lobbying effort by Jakarta.

13 March 2019
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Should Indonesia rethink organising the Olympics?

Indonesia will have to do some serious cost-benefit analysis if it is to host the 2032 Olympics and bring the world’s biggest multi-sport event to Southeast Asia for the first time. Officially submitting their application at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) headquarters in Switzerland this week, a successful bid would be a major coup for the region’s largest economy.

22 February 2019
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