In this episode, Stephanie’s finally back (and with #hottakes) as we talk about the looming deadline for political parties in Indonesia to register their presidential and vice-presidential candidates for next year’s election. As we’ve known for a long time now, the two presidential candidates are the incumbent Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, and his old rival from the 2014 presidential election, former military general Prabowo Subianto. What made the news recently is that former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, better known as SBY, has come out and endorsed Prabowo, becoming a part of his coalition and competing against Jokowi’s coalition, which is led by former president Megawati Soekarnoputri. We’ll unpack all the political drama and personal history that has spanned decades — certainly within our lifetimes — as we discuss the ramifications of SBY’s decision.
We’ll also talk about electability surveys, as well as the general tone of political discourse and conversation that will dominate talk of the presidential elections, in particular discussing Jokowi’s pro-people populism vs. Prabowo’s Islamic-conversative populism. Finally, as two Indonesians currently living abroad, we want to encourage all Indonesians — abroad or not — to remember to register to vote for next year’s election, which will be on 17 April 2019; and, of course, to vote on the day itself!
For Indonesians abroad, the deadline for registering to vote abroad is coming up soon! Here in America it’s the 14th of August; please check your local Indonesian embassy or the Panitia Pemilihan Luar Negeri (PPLN) for more information — PLEASE REGISTER!
Note: this podcast was recorded on Sunday, 5th August 2018, before the deadline for registering presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
Thanks for listening!