Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: EPA
Johannes Nugroho
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Johannes Nugroho

As Indonesia mulls a move away from direct presidential elections, is dynastic politics here to stay?

  • President Joko Widodo is part of a new crop of Indonesian politicians elected without a famous family name or political links
  • But the country’s political elite, including former president Megawati, are proposing changes to the way the president is elected

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Indonesians could soon be jailed for insulting the president, if colonial-era law is resurrected

  • Lawmakers argue that Indonesia has contempt laws to protect people and state symbols such as the flag, but not President Joko Widodo
  • Critics say the law is a sign of creeping encroachment on free speech
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