‘Move to Antarctica’: Indonesian presidential challenger Prabowo tells pollsters

Indonesia's presidential challenger Prabowo slammed pollsters as untrustworthy and said they should move to Antarctica so they could "lie to the penguins", as he refused to concede defeat in this week's election.

Indonesia’s smooth vote a democratic beacon in a sea of strongmen, analysts say

Indonesia’s smooth vote a democratic beacon in a sea of strongmen, analysts say

Indonesia pulled off a complex yet peaceful election across its vast — and ethnically diverse — island territory this week, cementing its place as a democratic beacon...

Prabowo’s camp reports quick count surveyors to election commission with allegations of fake data

Prabowo’s camp reports quick count surveyors to election commission with allegations of fake data

Somewhat ironically, given that they have accused the quick count survey groups of reporting false data, Prabowo’s campaign has yet to reveal to anybody their exit polling data...

Prabowo on phone to Rizieq Shihab: Thanks for the support, let’s prostrate in front of the Kaaba

Prabowo on phone to Rizieq Shihab: Thanks for the support, let’s prostrate in front of the Kaaba

Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto may not have the electoral approval of the majority of Indonesians (at least according to quick count results of yesterday’s presidential...

President Jokowi’s PDI-P party projected to win legislative election, Prabowo’s Gerindra 2nd while PSI misses out on DPR

President Jokowi’s PDI-P party projected to win legislative election, Prabowo’s Gerindra 2nd while PSI misses out on DPR

While everybody is still talking about yesterday's Indonesian presidential election (which incumbent President Joko Widodo won — unofficially), vote tallying for the national...

Prabowo’s camp says Sandiaga missing on stage due to ‘hiccups’, Bobby the Cat pays a visit

Prabowo’s camp says Sandiaga missing on stage due to ‘hiccups’, Bobby the Cat pays a visit

When Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto declared victory yesterday, despite quick count results all pointing to a victory for President Joko Widodo, the conspicuous absence of his...

BREAKING: Joko Widodo wins (unofficially)!

BREAKING: Joko Widodo wins (unofficially)!

Joko Widodo has soundly defeated Prabowo Subianto by around 10%, if the quick count results hold up.

Prabowo says he can’t assure there won’t be unrest if he loses: ‘How can I guarantee? I’m only human’

Prabowo says he can’t assure there won’t be unrest if he loses: ‘How can I guarantee? I’m only human’

"How can I guarantee? I am only human. I have no power. Those who have power must guarantee. I have no power. I can only say, history teaches us that, if another country’s...

FPI leader Rizieq Shihab instructs his followers to detain foreigners found at polls

FPI leader Rizieq Shihab instructs his followers to detain foreigners found at polls

Such "instructions" are seen by many as a dog whistle, not to actually secure the vote from alleged foreign influences but to intimidate Indonesians who look "foreign" from coming...

Election Supervisory Committee allows limited re-vote in Sydney for overseas Indonesians who couldn’t vote Saturday

Election Supervisory Committee allows limited re-vote in Sydney for overseas Indonesians who couldn’t vote Saturday

Hopefully, Bawaslu’s decision in the Sydney case will set a precedent that will see more overseas Indonesians who were denied their right to vote get a second chance  


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In a city of just over 10 million people (over 30 million if the surrounding satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi were included) and many different cultures, news in Jakarta is obviously as varied as it is plentiful. Being a capital city, it’s a given that Jakarta news mostly revolves around politics and economics on a regular day. Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is quite the headline maker, as he’s known to be a no-nonsense, assertive figure who’s actually proving to be the leader the city needs in order for it to progress infrastructurally, socially, and economically. He also has his critics – many of whom like to discredit him based on his race and religion, as Ahok is a double minority as both Chinese and a Christian. Apart from coverage of men in suits and ties (and batik), Jakarta’s news sphere also heavily features crime stories. Many Jakartan crime stories have been covered and obsessed about nationally, the biggest of which in recent times is the case of Wayan Mirna Solihin, who was allegedly murdered in early 2016 by her friend, Jessica Kumala Wongso, who apparently slipped cyanide in her coffee. Of course, there is also good and uplifting news coming out of Jakarta, like stories of selfless citizens who dedicate their time and effort to help other people, such as victims of flooding, which is quite a regular occurrence in parts of Jakarta, especially during the monsoon season.