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  1. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Small parties’ strong showing in Indonesian poll gives them key role in presidential vote

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:58pm by BLOOM

    ... per cent and 11.9 per cent. Official results are not expected until May 9. The best performer among the smaller parties was the National Awakening Party, or PKB, a moderate Muslim party that lifted its vote to an estimated 9 per cent from 5 per cent in 2009, and which has ties to the PDI-P. Six smaller parties, including the PKB, secured about 41 per cent of the vote between them, up ...

  2. News - China - INDONESIA

    Chinese tourist bus crash on Bali kills six

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 03:18pm by AFP

    ... that three Chinese nationals died on Monday and a fourth died in hospital early on Tuesday. It added that three other Chinese nationals were in intensive care and six had been admitted to hospital ... Agence France-Presse in Uluwatu A minibus carrying Chinese tourists has plunged into a ravine on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, leaving six people dead and three fighting ...

  3. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Wealth gap still plagues Indonesia ahead of presidential elections

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:31pm by BLOOM

    ... Hill, a professor of Southeast Asian economies at Australian National University in Canberra. "Jokowi seems a man of the people, and that's a powerful message," he said, referring ... to the World Bank. That is above the 0.4 level that the United Nations has said was a predictor of social unrest, and compares with China's level of 0.47 the past two years. The poorest half ...

  4. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesian political parties make pact to clear way for leading presidential candidate

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 02:52pm by Reuters in Jakarta

    ... Reuters in Jakarta The National Democrat party has joined forces with the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle to secure the nomination of Jakarta governor Joko Widodo in July's ... currency lost ground after the vote. But on Sunday, the small National Democrat (NasDem) party, which is led by media tycoon Surya Paloh, said it had struck a deal with the PDI-P, clearing the way ...

  5. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Islamic parties bounce back in Muslim-majority Indonesia's parliamentary elections

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 02:39pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... cent in 2009, according to an unofficial tally by the CSIS think-tank. Some of the parties, such as the National Awakening Party (PKB) with more than nine per cent, may now play important roles ... been blurred,” Noorhaidi Hasan, a lecturer on Islam and politics at Sunan Kalijaga Islamic University. “Islamic parties know how to play up nationalism and nationalist parties also try to show ...

  6. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia’s parliamentary vote likely to set Jakarta governor on course for presidency

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 04:45pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... Hasan, 43, said in Jayapura, the capital of deeply poor Papua province. About 186 million people are eligible to vote for some 230,000 candidates competing for about 20,000 seats in national and regional legislatures, but the most important is the vote for the national legislature's lower house. The polls will also determine who can run in presidential elections in July and all eyes ...

  7. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia’s ‘Elvis’ leads celebrity charge at polls

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 02:38pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... music, sang “the rich get richer, the poor get poorer”. While the presidency is probably out of the devout Muslim star’s reach, polls indicate the party backing him, the Islamic-based National ...

  8. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Three including 18-month-old toddler shot dead in Indonesia’s Aceh ahead of elections

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 02:33pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... at the national, provincial and district level. Under special autonomy granted by the peace deal, Aceh is Indonesia’s only province that can field candidates from its local parties against those from national parties at the elections. However it cannot compete for seats in the national parliament, only local legislatures. Aceh is also the only province in Indonesia with Islamic sharia law. ...

  9. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Prabowo Subianto vows to put farmers first in Indonesia power bid

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 11:09pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Jakarta Prabowo Subianto hopes to ride to power in Indonesia with pledge to put farmers first in a 'people economy' geared to fostering nationalism Ex-general is out ... on for a living, he said at his ranch in Sentul, near Jakarta. The former chief of the army's special forces wants to cut dependence on food imports and foster "Indonesian nationalism ...

  10. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Popular Jakarta governor Joko Widodo to run for Indonesian presidency

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 10:11pm by Reuters

    ... national popularity for his straightforward style. Though his appeal cuts across social classes, he has won particularly strong following among the poor and fast-emerging middle classes. "I got a mandate from the chair of PDI-P Ibu Megawati to become the presidential candidate for the party," Jokowi said, before kissing the red and white national flag. He was referring ...




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