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Indonesia’s core holds, decisively, in elections

  • Adi Abidin and Piebo Dimas Perdana

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /  04:46 pm
Indonesia’s core holds, decisively, in elections Two men wear masks of presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto as residents in Joho, Surakarta, Central Java, hold an event to foster harmony in the wake of last week’s elections. (Antara/Maulana Surya )

While many observers have underlined that last April’s presidential election showed a greater divide in the Indonesian electorate, one stark outcome seems to have been overlooked. Deeper polarization has arisen between two Indonesian communities in their choice of leaders. On one side, more conservative Muslim communities supported Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno. On the other, more diverse Indonesian communities — in terms of ethnicity and religion — voted for Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin. Those diverse communities brought forth a significant lead for the latter pair, primarily because of coalescing support in Indonesia’s core. This core consists of the Javanese heartland that encompasses three provinces: Central and East Java and Yogyakarta. The largest electorate block, it entails a third of the nation’s ballot at almost 50 milli...

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