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After Jokowi: now Ahok? Elections for Governor of Jakarta

Tuesday 11th October 2016 6:00pm AEST

Presented by Professor Colin Brown

Five years ago, voters in Jakarta – the Indonesian capital, and one of the country’s 34 provinces – shook up the Indonesian political scene by electing Joko Widodo as their Governor. Jokowi, as he is popularly known, was a political outsider, without ties to Indonesia’s ubiquitous political powerbrokers. When Jokowi was elected Indonesia’s President in 2014, the mantle of Jakarta Governor passed to his deputy, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly called Ahok.

Even more of an outsider than Jokowi – he’s a Christian of ethnic Chinese descent — next February Ahok faces the electorate seeking a further term as Governor. His candidature has confronted voters with a number of issues which have historically been politically sensitive in Indonesia, most obviously religion and ethnicity. How the election pans out will be of significance not just for Jakarta but for Indonesia as a whole, providing a measure of how the country’s democracy has developed since the overthrow of Suharto in 1998.

Colin Brown is an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. . From 2009 to 2013, he was a Professor in the Department of International Relations, Parahyangan University in Bandung, Indonesia. He was previously Dean of the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture at Curtin University of Technology in Perth. He has worked at several other Australian universities, and at Gadjah Mada University in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Colin first visited Indonesia in 1972. Since then he has been a regular visitor, spending around six years living and working in the country.

He is an honorary life member of the Australia Indonesia Business Council; National Treasurer of the Asian Studies Association of Australia; and a member of the National Reference Group, Australian Consortium for In Country Indonesian Studies. He is a graduate in economics and history of the University of Queensland.

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Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main St, Kangaroo Point

Date / Time
Tuesday 11th October 2016 6:00pm AEST

Australian Institute of International Affairs Queensland Branch

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Thursday 29th September 2016 9:02am AEST

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Tuesday 11th October 2016 3:00pm AEST

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