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Losing Indonesian presidential candidate Ganjar calls for new election

Jakarta, Indonesia Reuters The legal team of losing Indonesia presidential candidate Ganjar Pranowo filed a complaint at the country’s constitutional court on Saturday, calling for a fresh election and disqualification of the winning team of defence minister Prabowo Subianto. Ganjar, a former Central Java governor supported by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), […]

How Indonesian village aid funds weapons for Papua’s rebellion

A man who is identified as Philip Mehrtens, the New Zealand pilot who is said to be held hostage by a pro-independence group, sits among separatist fighters in Indonesia's Papua region in this undated handout picture released on 26th May, 2023.

Jakarta, IndonesiaReuters Separatists in the Indonesian region of Papua where a New Zealand pilot was taken hostage in February have been siphoning off government aid money to buy black market guns for a deadly guerrilla war, officials say. The “Dana Desa” village fund introduced by President Joko Widodo in 2015 and valued at $US4.7 billion […]

Faster land reform on the cards with Indonesian President’s re-election

Bangkok, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation With his election win confirmed on Tuesday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to push ahead with his promise to register all land in the country by 2025, redistribute land to Indigenous people and resolve disputes over claims, land experts said. Widodo – popularly known as Jokowi – was re-elected last […]

Indonesian president invokes ‘Pancasila’ to counter rising Islamism

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RNS Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a moderate Muslim who enjoys widespread support from the country’s minority religious communities, is resurrecting the country’s founding secular ideology, known as “Pancasila,” as he aims to counter the growing forces of Islamism in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Pancasila, a term from old Javanese that roughly translates […]