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Indonesia elections: A new era of politics?

Rival presidential candidates each claim victory in the world's third largest democracy.

Last updated: 09 Jul 2014 22:35
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Voters in Indonesia have been making their choice for president - and the direction they want to see the country going in.

The polls mark the first time power is being handed directly from one elected president to another. The campaign has matched up former army general Prabowo Subianto and his younger rival Joko ‘Jokowi‘ Widodo.

Probowo is part of Indonesia's political elite and was married to the daughter of Indonesia’s long-serving autocrat, Suharto. Joko has more humble beginnings. He was raised in a bamboo shack in a riverbank slum and is seen as a man of the people.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation, and made the transition from dictatorship to democracy less than two decades ago.

But how will uncertainty over the election result affect the social and political landscape?

Presenter:  Mike Hanna

Guests: 

Andreas Harsono - an Indonesia researcher for Human Rights Watch.

Gwen Robinson - a senior fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies.

Paul Rowland - an independent consultant and former election observer for the National Democratic Institute.

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