The Political Horror of Jakarta's Election
AFTER the three pairs of Jakarta governor and deputy governor candidates, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama-Djarot Saiful Hidayat, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni and Anies Rasyid Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno, registered with the Jakarta General Elections Commission, the political atmosphere in the capital has been in an uproar.
The fracas created is not unlike soccer hooliganism. Before the referee blows the whistle to start the game, players…
Election Campaigning for Today and Tomorrow
Candidates and their supporters are putting everything on the line to win the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election and perhaps a warm-up for the presidential election in 2019.
Before discussing the charges leveled against him, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) talked about how a leader can regress to become a tyrant. A dictator, said SBY, who was Indonesia's sixth president, can emerge when he begins to fear the loss of his power.