The top 5 challenges facing Indonesia

Indonesia will be holding on July 9 its third direct presidential election since the end of Suharto’s regime. Photo by: Josh Estey / DFAT / CC BY

On July 9, some 186 million registered voters will take to the polls in Indonesia’s third direct presidential election since the end of the autocratic regime of Suharto in 1998. Voters will decide between two presidential contenders with drastically different backgrounds and styles, but similar strategic priorities.

Representing the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, Joko Widodo is a businessman-turned-governor of Jakarta who is often portrayed as a humble man of the people. In contrast, Prabowo Subianto, a former general representing the Greater Indonesia Movement Party, has carved out a reputation as a strong and decisive leader.

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    Manola De Vos

    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.