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Jakarta Post

[COMMENTARY] Coldplay can unite Biden and Jokowi

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 9, 2020   /  03:41 pm
[COMMENTARY] Coldplay can unite Biden and Jokowi Then-US Vice President Joe Biden (left) greets Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo at the official vice presidential residence during the latter's visit to the US on Oct. 15, 2015. (Handout/Twitter/@Jokowi)

Many Indonesians, as well as foreigners who witnessed the nation’s elections last year, have said the political tension, the national divide and the behavior of the two presidential candidates and their die-hard supporters have been replicated in the United States presidential race. The wounds from Indonesia’s 2019 elections have not completely healed after over a year. Americans will likely have a similar experience. Many in the country have drawn similarities between President Donald Trump and Prabowo Subianto – the elections’ losers – and between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and US president-elect Joe Biden – the winners. Like Trump, Prabowo, who received strong support from political elites, the bureaucracy, conservative Muslims, Islamic political parties and those who enjoyed privilege under Soeharto’s 32-year regime, ...