Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and his opponent in the presidential race, Prabowo Subianto, applaud at an event to kick off campaigning for the 2019 general election at the National Monument in Jakarta on September 23, 2018. Photo: AFP
Melani Budianta
Opinion

Opinion

Melani Budianta

In Indonesia’s presidential race, identity politics fuelled by social media is testing both democracy and diversity

  • Melani Budianta says as both President Joko Widodo and his opponent deploy nationalist rhetoric with a religious flavour in their campaigns, and social media hoaxes proliferate, social solidarity and faith in democracy itself are under threat

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and his opponent in the presidential race, Prabowo Subianto, applaud at an event to kick off campaigning for the 2019 general election at the National Monument in Jakarta on September 23, 2018. Photo: AFP
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