Australia-Indonesia relations: rare opportunity for a bold, fresh start

International relations International trade Australia Indonesia

Despite the threat of protests and court action by opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia has once again pulled off a remarkably successful election process, involving 193 million voters, with almost no violence or threat to the nation’s democracy.

The official result will not be announced until the end of May but, based on what is known as the “Quick Count”, the likelihood is that the incumbent, Joko (Jokowi) Widodo, will enjoy another five-year term, providing Indonesia with continued stable government for the foreseeable future.

As a result of both countries holding elections little more than one month apart and the eventual ratification of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) trade deal, there is a rare opportunity for a fresh and bold start in the broader bilateral relationship.

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