Tenggara Backgrounder is a weekly briefing service combining insights and analysis by experts from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, as well as background information from The Jakarta Post journalists. Tenggara Backgrounder provides you exclusive insights into what’s happening behind the scenes along with insider scoops that are not published in the media.
Unknown groups took part in riotTenggara Backgrounder May 24
The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the official results of the 2019 presidential and legislative elections on May 21. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term has now been officially confirmed, with senior Muslim cleric Ma’ruf Amin on his side. His coalition parties also secured the majority of votes in the legislative election. Marking the beginning of a new era, the election result is indicative of the country’s political landscape in the next five years.
Prabowo continues fighting as May 22 closingTenggara Backgrounder May 17
With the General Elections Commission (KPU) bracing itself for the announcement of the election result, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto continues his fight, despite having been predicted to lose the race – for the third straight time. What measures will Prabowo and his camp employ?
Can Jokowi manage his grand political coalition?Tenggara Backgrounder May 10
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo looks to have it all in his second term now that he is almost assured of winning last month’s election (the formal announcement is not due until May 22). Jokowi sits on a grand coalition of political parties, made even bigger with one or more parties that had opposed his reelection looking to join in. But will he really govern unopposed over the next five years?
New Cabinet on the horizonTenggara Backgrounder May 3
Now that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection looks certain, some have started to speculate when he will form his new Cabinet. While Jokowi has not disclosed any names, he is expected to select candidates for ministerial posts mostly from the political parties that supported his reelection bid.
Winners and losers: Parties make maneuvers postelectionTenggara Backgrounder April 26
Several quick counts released after the April 17 general elections predict some parties would receive votes as predicted, with some exceeding expectations. With the winners and losers now having been identified, the possibilities of parties switching sides after the elections remains high.
Jokowi, Ma'ruf clinch victory: What's next?Tenggara Backgrounder April 18
Quick counts conducted by several pollsters indicate that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin swept to victory in the 2019 general elections. Not only has the pair secured the presidential and vice-presidential seats, their coalition parties also reportedly managed to dominate the legislative elections, winning the majority of seats in the House of Representatives.