Indonesian president’s coalition shows fractures, exit poll shows

By Tom Allard JAKARTA, Apr 21 : A polarising election for Jakarta governor saw Islamic identity politics come to the fore and exposed fractures in Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s fragile ruling coalition, an exit poll has revealed. Widodo’s political ally Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the ethnic Chinese Christian incumbent, was resoundingly defeated by Muslim rival Anies […]

Trump’s Indonesia business partner says planned resort to respect Bali traditions

By Cindy Silviana JAKARTA, Mar 24 : The Indonesian business partner of the Trump group has pledged to respect Hindu traditions and follow building height restrictions at a luxury hotel and golf resort it is developing near a temple on the island of Bali. The MNC Group, run by Indonesian billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo, aims to […]

Indonesia plans to sue Thailand’s PTTEP over 2009 oil spill

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA, Mar 20 : Indonesia is preparing to sue a unit of Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) over alleged environmental damage from the Montara oil spill in 2009, the country’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry said. The move follows earlier attempts at negotiation that stalled in 2012, and a separate […]

Australia, Indonesia restore full military ties, see progress on trade

By Harry Pearl SYDNEY, Feb 26 : Australia and Indonesia said today that full military ties between the two countries had been restored, after Indonesia’s military suspended cooperation in January because of “insulting” teaching material found at an Australian base. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who arrived in […]

Indonesians to vote in regional elections, all eyes on Jakarta

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA, Feb 15 : Nearly 50 million Indonesians are set to vote today in scores of regional elections but the most closely watched is in the capital, Jakarta, where campaigning for the post of governor has inflamed religious tension. Polls will open first in the east of […]