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February 12, 2024

Straits Times - February 12, 2024

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – A new controversial documentary on the Indonesian election, released days before Polling Day, has drawn strong reactions, with front-runner candidate Prabowo Subianto's team calling it "slanderous" and a "hate narrative".

Tempo - February 12, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) reminded election participants to refrain from engaging in any form of campaign activities during the cooling-off period, which spans three days before the voting day on February 14.

Jakarta Globe - February 12, 2024

Andrea Hosana & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Defense Ministry on Tuesday categorically denied reports suggesting suspected corruption in the planned procurement of 12 second-hand Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets, calling them a hoax.

Tempo - February 12, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto believed that the recently viral Dirty Vote movie constitutes a form of black campaign intended to besmirch the reputation of presidential candidate pair Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka. He claimed that this year's election has been running smoothly.

CNN Indonesia - February 12, 2024

Yogyakarta – Crowds of participants at a "Gejayan Calling Again" action in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta held a theatrical beheading of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to symbolise resistance to the Widodo regime.

Jakarta Post - February 12, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is literally struggling to retain its top position in next week's general election, with surveys putting it just ahead of the Gerindra Party.

New Mandala - February 12, 2024

Eve Warburton, Edward Aspinall, Diego Fossati, Burhanuddin Muhtadi & Sally White – Most domestic and international commentary on Indonesia's 14 February elections has focused on the presidential race. But on the same day, Indonesians will also vote for legislators at district, provincial and national levels.

Kompas.com - February 12, 2024

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The documentary film "Dirty Vote", which examines allegations of fraud in the lead up to the 2024 legislative and presidential elections has sparked a polemic.

February 11, 2024

Al Jazeera - February 11, 2024

Jessica Washington, Jakarta, Indonesia – On February 14, more than 204 million Indonesians will have the chance to vote for their new president.

Incumbent Joko Widodo is in his second and final term, and is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election.

Jakarta Post - February 11, 2024

Jakarta (Agencies) – Two of three presidential contenders pledged to protect press freedom in Indonesia at a weekend event that frontrunner Prabowo Subianto didn't attend.

The Conversation - February 11, 2024

Tim Lindsey – Ambitious and mercurial, with a dark past, former army general Prabowo Subianto has spent a lifetime vying for the ultimate prize in Indonesian politics. Now, with a large lead in the latest polls ahead of this week's election, it looks as though the presidency is finally within his grasp. So, who is Prabowo and how will he change Indonesia if he wins?

CNN Indonesia - February 11, 2024

Jakarta – The Indonesian Civil Society Coalition for International Human Rights Advocacy has called on the public not to vote for a presidential and vice presidential candidate pair who will perpetuate a political dynasty and damage ethics in the 2024 presidential election.

Tempo - February 11, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin is pushing for expediting the provision of the latest Tuberculosis (TB) vaccine through the 37th Stop TB Partnership (STP) Board Meeting in Brasilia, Brazil.

South China Morning Post - February 11, 2024

Indonesia (Bloomberg) – Days before Indonesians vote for their first new president in a decade, opinion polls favour an ex-general bent on continuing an economic strategy anchored on business ties to China while vowing to sustain a more neutral foreign policy stance between Washington and Beijing.

Jakarta Globe - February 11, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The presidential election in Indonesia entered a cooling-off period on Sunday, just three days ahead of the elections, following 75 days of intense campaign rallies and mandatory debates.

Asia News - February 11, 2024

Mathias Hariyadi, Jakarta – On the eve of the presidential and parliamentary vote in Indonesia – the most populous Muslim nation in the world – in a climate marked by protests over the "interventionism" of the outgoing leader Joko Widodo in favor of Prabowo Subianto, there is a small but significant change for Christians.

Jakarta Globe - February 11, 2024

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The chairman of Prabowo Subianto's presidential campaign team on Sunday refuted accusations that he had ever predicted the candidate will serve for only two years if elected and will be replaced by his running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

Channel News Asia - February 11, 2024

Aqil Haziq Mahmud, Jakarta – Official campaigning has ended, and a cooling-off period is in place from Sunday till Tuesday for voters to mull over their choices before polling on Wednesday (Feb 14) for Indonesia's next president and legislators.

South China Morning Post - February 11, 2024

Resty Woro Yuniar, Indonesia – Indonesia's three presidential nominees spent a frenzied final day of campaigning with rallies in key election battlegrounds Jakarta and Central Java on Saturday, urging voters to head to the polls on Wednesday and monitor the count.

Reuters - February 11, 2024

Jakarta – Two of Indonesia's three presidential contenders pledged to protect press freedom in the world's third-largest democracy at a weekend event that frontrunner Prabowo Subianto didn't attend.

Jakarta Post - February 11, 2024

Jakarta (Agencies) – Defense Ministry has ditched a controversial plan to buy 733 million euros ($790 million) worth of Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets previously used by Qatar, the ministry spokesperson said late on Saturday.

Tempo - February 11, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The two largest Islamic social organizations in Indonesia have expressed hope that the political situation ahead of the upcoming presidential election will remain conducive until its completion.

February 10, 2024

Kompas.com - February 10, 2024

Sabrina Asril, Jakarta – The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for Electoral Justice has released data on irregularities or violations committed by the state apparatus ahead of the 2024 elections.

Hindustan Times - February 10, 2024

In politics, repetition is a crucial part of any campaign. But for Indonesian voters, who go to the polls to elect a new president on February 14th, one pledge is starting to sound a little too familiar. Candidates hoping to lead the world's third-largest democracy have now, for the better part of two decades, been vowing to raise the country's growth rate to 7%.

Jakarta Globe - February 10, 2024

Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto expressed gratitude as he took the stage for his final presidential campaign at Bung Karno Stadium on Saturday, claiming that the crowd size exceeded the initial target of 200,000 by four times.

Associated Press - February 10, 2024

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta, Indonesia – With a broad smile on his face, Jakarta city council candidate Rian Ernest answers almost every question about his faith with the same line.

"I'm Christian, but my wife and children are Muslims, so pray for me to get the guidance," Ernest said.

Straits Times - February 10, 2024

Arlina Arshad, Hariz Baharudin, Linda Yulisman and Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – In lively scenes which resembled mega music concerts, Indonesian presidential hopefuls danced, belted out punchy slogans, and pleaded for support at their last rallies on Feb 10, ending 75 days of campaigning ahead of the high-stakes polls on Feb 14.

Jakarta Globe - February 10, 2024

Jakarta – Presidential candidate Ganjar Pranowo maintains confidence in winning the February 14 election during a massive rally in Semarang, Central Java on Saturday, which concluded the campaign season over the last 75 days.

South China Morning Post - February 10, 2024

Resty Woro Yuniar – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been a target of mounting criticisms from academics and students for his perceived lack of neutrality in the coming election, but observers say that the movement will do little to change the course of the election on February 14.

Jakarta Globe - February 10, 2024

Jakarta – Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan addressed thousands of supporters at the Jakarta International Stadium to reassert his reform agenda and anti-establishment rhetoric in his final campaign rally on Saturday.

Tempo - February 10, 2024

Sultan Abdurrahman, Jakarta – Vice Presidential Candidate number one, Muhaimin Iskandar or Cak Imin, touched on the 'political dynasty' on the last campaign day of the 2024 General Elections. Anies-Muhaimin pair carried out their last grand campaign at Jakarta International Stadium (JIS), North Jakarta, on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Sydney Morning Herald - February 10, 2024

Zach Hope – More than 200 million Indonesians will vote next Wednesday. It will be the largest single-day election on earth, a colossally complex snarl of democracy spanning 6000 inhabited islands and requiring more workers than there are Queenslanders.

Jakarta Globe - February 10, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto paused for a moment, allowing the crowd to roar as he welcomed his former wife, Siti Hediati Hariyadi, more popularly known as Titiek Soeharto, during the final campaign rally at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Saturday.

The Intercept - February 10, 2024

Allan Nairn – Indonesia, the scene of two of the 20th century's epic slaughters, may be on the verge of a return to army rule at the hands of its most notorious general.

Gen. Prabowo Subianto, a longtime U.S. protege implicated in the country's massacres, once mused to me about becoming "a fascist dictator" and is now a serious threat to assume the presidency.

BBC News - February 10, 2024

Jonathan Head – Budiman Sujatmiko has lost none of the passion that he used to show as one of the boldest student opponents of Suharto, the soft-spoken but ruthless dictator who ruled Indonesia for 32 years.

February 9, 2024

Kompas.com - February 9, 2024

Dani Prabowo, Jakarta – Activists and comic strip artists issued a declaration to safeguard democracy during a Democracy Fest event in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Thursday afternoon, February 8.

Jakarta Globe - February 9, 2024

Jakarta – Vice presidential candidate Gibran recently reminded his supporters in North Sumatra to vote and not let their guard down despite leading in polls.

Hundreds of millions of Indonesians are set to cast their votes on Feb. 14. Past polls have shown that Prabowo and Gibran are in the lead as surveys showed they have booked over 50 percent of the respondents' votes.

Kompas.com - February 9, 2024

Dani Prabowo, Jakarta – Presidential and vice president candidate ticket number 2, Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka, have not responded at all to questionnaire on human rights by the international organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Human Rights Monitor - February 9, 2024

On 1 February 2024, four students from Hitadipa were arrested in the Sugapa District on their way back home from Nabire to participate in the upcoming elections on 14 February 2024.

Jakarta Globe - February 9, 2024

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Research and consulting firm Indikator Politik Indonesia released poll results on Friday indicating that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka are poised to win with 51.8 percent of the vote in the upcoming February 14 presidential election.

Voice of America (VOA) - February 9, 2024

Dave Grunebaum, Jakarta, Indonesia – As Indonesians prepare to go the polls for the country's presidential election on Wednesday, the popular incumbent is coming under fire. Critics accuse President Joko Widodo, who can't run for reelection due to term limits, of undermining democracy to extend his legacy.

Human Rights Monitor - February 9, 2024

On 1 February 2024, the Jayapura District Court ruled on the case of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Chairman, Mr Agus Kosay, and KNPB Numbay Secretary, Mr Beni Murib, finding them guilty of incitement and the persecution of Mr Ones Kobak on 18 August 2023.

Fulcrum - February 9, 2024

Burhanuddin Muhtadi – Surveys prior to election day can reveal a lot but not everything, including whether Indonesia will know who its next president is by next week or in late June.

Agence France-Presse - February 9, 2024

Colombia – Misinformation and mudslinging is rife on Indonesian social media ahead of the February 2024 presidential election. In the latest case, footage of a Catholic procession in Venezuela has surfaced in posts that falsely claim it shows supporters of presidential hopeful Anies Baswedan in Papua New Guinea.

Voice of America (VOA) - February 9, 2024

Dave Grunebaum, Jakarta, Indonesia – Side stepping with spins on the stage, Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto looks his age of 72 as he dances, but the presidential candidate's social media posts have helped endear him to Indonesia's young voters. "He seems so friendly," said 19-year-old Putri Ayu Ramadianti on her way to a Prabowo campaign event.

Jakarta Globe - February 9, 2024

Algi M Gifari, Bandung – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, addressed a viral video on social media featuring his rival, Anies Baswedan, listening to a complaint from a man claiming to be a fisherman in Parepare, South Sulawesi.

Tempo - February 9, 2024

Jakarta – There is wide opposition to the entertainment tax increase this year and the 12 percent VAT from next year. This is a threat to the viability of businesses.

Jakarta Post - February 9, 2024

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The campaign teams of the three 2024 presidential candidates have claimed that there is foul play regarding the election in several regions and abroad, as concerns over the poll's integrity continue to mount amid reports of state worker partisanship a week ahead of the Feb. 14 voting day.

Vanuatu Daily Post - February 9, 2024

Len Garae – A former Prime Minister (PM), Mr. Joe Natuman whose Government had funded the first arrival of West Papua delegates to unite under the umbrella of the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, to give breath to the first ever United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) anywhere outside West Papua, has congratulated the Interim President of ULMWP, Mr.

Mongabay - February 9, 2024

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – The construction of Indonesia's new capital city on the island of Borneo may destabilize the current stable population of endangered proboscis monkeys, a study has warned.