[ISG Roadshow] Jakarta gubernatorial elections: outcomes and implications

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ANU Indonesia Project is proud to support the first Indonesia Study Group (ISG) Roadshow organised by the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, titled Jakarta Gubernatorial elections: outcomes and implications. Marcus Mietzner from ANU and Ian Wilson from Murdoch University will discuss the second round of Jakarta’s hotly contested gubernatorial elections. The seminar will be chaired by Jacqui Baker from Murdoch University.

The incumbent, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has fought the campaign from the courthouse where he faces blasphemy charges, while his challenger, Anies Baswedan, has gained momentum on the back of sustained campaigns by Islamists against Ahok.

The final round of the election has not just gripped the capital with spectacular political theatrics, but has been talked about as a meter for the quality of Indonesia’s democracy.

Is the election, as many have speculated, a test of religious and ethnic tolerance, or are local issues, such as Jakarta’s perennial flooding and infrastructural woes, central to voters? What is the winner’s agenda for Jakarta, and after such a bitterly contested election what challenges is he likely to face in governing the city? Finally, what does Jakarta’s election results tell us about the emerging the political coalitions gearing up for the 2019 presidency?

In this discussion, join our speakers as they draw on their unprecedented access and on-the-ground work during the campaign to discuss the final results of an election that has potentially changed the way Indonesian democracy is framed and understood.

The event will be held on 27 April, 10-11.30am at McCusker Conference Centre, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. To RSVP, please email by 25 April to S.Kozlowski@murdoch.edu.au.