Hurly-burly of Indonesian Politics

Political parties are scrambling to select candidates and strengthen their power bases ahead of 2019 legislative and presidential elections through coalitions in this year’s simultaneous regional elections. Unlike coalitions at the national level, we see unsurprising coalitions between PDI-P and Gerindra or PDI-P and PKS, competition between Golkar and PDI-P or between PDI-P and other members of the ruling coalition at the national level because these coalitions are not established on ideological grounds.

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