Can Indonesia’s next president Prabowo deliver on his big promises?

Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s presidential candidate and defense minister, center, waves to supporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Prabowo declared victory in Wednesday’s presidential vote, citing independent pollsters, putting him on course to lead Southeast Asia’s largest economy after two failed attempts.  Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images JAKARTA — Indonesia’s Defense Minister … Read more

Indonesia’s GoTo denies merger talks with ride-hailing rival Grab

A Gojek driver looks at a smartphone in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023. ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok agreed to invest $1.5 billion in a joint venture with Indonesia’s GoTo Group that it will control, part of a pact that lets the Chinese company restart its shopping app in its biggest online-retail market. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg via … Read more

Who is Prabowo Subianto, the ex-general leading in Indonesia’s election?

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Millions of people will take buses, motorcycles, boats or ferries on Wednesday to polling centers across the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia, where they’ll vote for a successor to President Joko Widodo. The vote follows months of debate over the extent of Widodo’s influence in the election and is being seen as a … Read more

Indonesia’s president, who mingles with people and listens to Metallica, still popular in last term

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Joko Widodo’s phenomenal rise from a riverside slum, where he grew up, to the presidency of Indonesia spotlighted how far the world’s third-largest democracy had veered from a brutal authoritarian era a decade ago. With his second and final five-year term ending in October, Widodo — regarded by some as Asia’s Barack … Read more

Indonesia’s presidential hopefuls on TikTok to woo Gen Zs, millennials

Indonesia’s presidential election is due 14 February and candidates are going all out to win over voters in this country of 274 million. With millennials and Gen Z voters making up 56.5% of the electorate campaigning is often done on social media. One platform in particular has emerged as key, TikTok. Sopa Images | Lightrocket … Read more

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi unleashes lava as other volcanoes flare up, forcing thousands to evacuate

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted Sunday, spreading searing gas clouds and avalanches of lava down its slopes as other active volcanoes flared up across the country, forcing the evacuation of thousands. On the densely populated island of Java, Merapi unleashed clouds of hot ash and a mixture of rock, and lava that traveled … Read more

6.5 magnitude earthquake shakes part of Indonesia’s Papua region, no immediate reports of casualties

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake shook Indonesia’s easternmost region of Papua early Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.5 quake was centered 162 kilometers (101 miles) northeast of Abepura, a subdistrict in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province. It happened at … Read more

5.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Indonesia’s Aceh province. No casualties reported

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A strong and shallow undersea earthquake shook part of Indonesia’s Aceh province Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.9 earthquake was centered 362 kilometers (225 miles) east of Sinabang, a coastal town in Aceh province at a depth … Read more

Ash from Indonesia’s Marapi volcano forces airport to close and stops flights

PADANG, Indonesia — Volcanic ash spewing from Indonesia’s Mount Marapi shut down airports and blanketed nearby communities on Sumatra island Friday. The nearly 2,900-meter (9,480-foot) volcano in the Agam district of West Sumatra province is about 113 kilometers (70 miles) north of Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, the provincial capital. On Dec. 3, Marapi shot … Read more

5 more boats packed with refugees approach Indonesia’s shores, air force says

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities detected at least five boats packed tight with refugees approaching shores of Aceh province, officials said Thursday. The boats are the latest in a surge of vessels that have arrived in Aceh, most carrying Rohingya refugees from southern Bangladesh, where the persecuted Muslim minority fled in 2017 following attacks … Read more