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Brutal new Defence Minister undermines Jokowi’s overtures to West Papua

Indonesia’s new President has talked of hope and reconciliation as regards West Papua, but appointing a hard-line former general sends a different message, writes Nic Maclellan, a journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands.

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Jokowi’s new Foreign Minister has not-so-fond memories of Canberra

Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma sifts through the sainted and the spurned in Jokowi’s new cabinet.

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Abbott gets an audience with Indonesia’s shrubbery-defacing President

Just 12 hours into his presidency, Joko Widodo has shown himself to be a new kind of leader, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Abbott woos Jokowi, party invite in hand

Today the real work begins for incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Jokowi hailed a beacon of hope, but could be a shrinking violet

Indonesia’s new President may struggle to fulfil his wide-ranging promises of reform, writes freelance journalist Ari Sharp.

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Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

The anti-surveillance document we signed with Indonesia may be obsolete in a matter of months — so what’s the point of it?

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Prabowo sooks as Jokowi confirmed as president

It’s all over, folks: Jokowi is officially Indonesia’s new President as Prabowo’s court challenge fails. But the military strongman was not exactly gracious in defeat, reports Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Hope and change? Jokowi embraces the ‘Butcher of Lampung’

Indonesia’s new President-elect has selected a very controversial transition team. Were hope and change just slogans to become elected? Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma explains.

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Old song, a new singer: will Jokowi’s reign bring liberation for West Papua?

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono maintained the status quo with West Papua during his two terms in office, but West Papuans are hoping president-elect Joko Widodo’s rule will be different, writes Ron Kareni.

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A clean pair of hands: now the real work begins for Jokowi

Joko Widowo has won the election, but the real battle lies ahead, says Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Jokowi win likely to be confirmed as Indonesia crowdsources vote count

Joko Widodo is the clear winner in Indonesia’s election. But will Prabowo concede? Indonesia commentator Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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An agonising wait for Indonesians as electoral dirty tricks continue

Most respectable quick polls predict Jokowi has won the Indonesian election, but Prabowo is also claiming victory. Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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He’s on a horse: Prabowo v Jokowi a battle for Indonesian democracy

Indonesians will head to the polls to decide their next president today. The scene is set, with military strongman Prabowo sitting tall in expensive boots while the people’s man, Jokowi, makes a last-minute prayer. Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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Murder, human rights abuse and kidnapping: WikiLeaks cables reveal Prabowo’s brutal past

Prabowo Subianto could end up as Indonesia’s president by the end of the week. Crikey intern Paul Millar trawls through diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and finds distressing allegations.

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Prabowo an ‘apocalypse’, Jokowi a false promise: West Papuans opt out

West Papuan activists are boycotting the Indonesian election. Whoever wins, what will the result mean for their campaign for self-determination?

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Indonesia’s ‘Obama’ chooses Biden-like experience in running mate

While Indonesian presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been touted as Indonesia’s “Obama”, his choice of running mate will bring age and experience to the team.

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‘A bright future in his hands’: the rise and rise of Jokowi

Jakarta’s young, likeable Governor is one step closer to the presidency, with the backing of a powerful party. But Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta, asks: is he ready for the big league?

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In Jakarta with Indonesia’s ambitious ‘Obama’ governor

There’s no question that Jakarta’s charismatic new governor, Joko Widodo, is popular. But will his vast appeal and lofty promises translate into an effective government? Kevin Ponniah writes from Jakarta.

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