People watching the debate on television at a food stall in Jakarta on March 30, 2019. Photo: Bloomberg

Presidential candidates Joko Widodo, Prabowo Subianto spar over defence policy as Indonesia vote nears

  • President Widodo touted technology as key to protecting the country, while challenger Subianto, a former general, pledged to boost the defence budget
Topic |   Asia elections

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People watching the debate on television at a food stall in Jakarta on March 30, 2019. Photo: Bloomberg
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The curious case of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte provides a cautionary tale for Indonesia. Photo: EPA
Richard Heydarian
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Asian Angle by Richard Heydarian

Indonesia has a lot in common with the Philippines – maybe too much, as Widodo and Prabowo take pages from Duterte’s playbook

  • The Indonesian elections arguably resemble a battle between the different instincts that define the so-called Dutertismo ideology
  • In each country, half of the population prefers a ‘strong leader’ who doesn’t have to bother with institutional checks and balances

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The curious case of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte provides a cautionary tale for Indonesia. Photo: EPA
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