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Elections: Upcoming challenges of identity politics

  • Noor Huda Ismail

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Jakarta   /   Tue, April 30, 2019   /  09:06 am
Elections: Upcoming challenges of identity politics A sign on a footbridge, which reads “The elections are over, let’s bring back our brotherhood and nation’s unity”, is seen in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is on course for a second term in office; quick counts of the April 17 ballots suggest that he won around 55 percent of the votes, while his long-time rival, former military strongman Prabowo Subianto, garnered some 44 percent. This result is more or less similar to the 2014 presidential elections when Jokowi secured 53.15 percent of the valid votes, according to the General Elections Commission (KPU). One question that arose from the recent elections is: What are the future challenges faced by the president-elect in dealing with the ubiquitous rise of identity politics that promotes the “holier than thou” narrative among disgruntled members of the Prabowo camp, as well as of those with differing concepts of national interests? Identity politics here refers to political positions that are based on the interests an...

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