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Jakarta Post

After hectic year, calm 2020 expected

  • Vela Andapita and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 31, 2019   /  07:06 am
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The sun rises over the hilly side of Selatan Beach in Nagekeo regency in East Nusa Tenggara on Feb. 28, 2019. (JP/Markus Makur)

After a hectic year of general elections, series of protests and political maneuvers that sparked debates and divided the country, many are hoping that 2020 would bring stability and a positive outlook. Indonesia witnessed its most divisive presidential election that split voters between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s predominantly nationalist base and Prabowo Subianto’s conservative Muslims supporters. The battle was not only in the political and national arena as arguments frayed relations between friends and families. However, citizens can expect less fuss in the political sphere in 2020 as at the end of the decade Jokowi made moves that accommodated many of his political supporters, as well as his opponents. “Politics will be more solid and consolidated as Jokowi has kicked off his second term as a more experienced politician who knows how to ...