Quick Thoughts on the Jakarta Gubenatorial Election

Close followers of Indonesia are tuning in to the final days of the Jakarta governor’s race, most recently in last week’s second televised debate. The topic was bureaucratic reform which is certainly of interest to most foreign companies with a presence in the capital city. The Governor of Jakarta holds the keys to a myriad of sorely needed improvements,…

Meet the new President of the Philippines

On Monday May 9, some 55 million Filipinos will vote to elect their new president, vice-president, senators, and some 18,000 local officials. With a double digit lead over his closest rival, the anti-establishment and defiantly unrefined mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s election as the 16th President of the Philippines appears imminent. The business…

2014 Indonesia Presidential Election Timeline: What happens next?

Unofficial but reliable quick counts of polling station results by three non-partisan pollsters–CSIS, Kompas and Saifulmujani–in Indonesia’s presidential election point to a narrow win for Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Quick count results point to an average of a 52-48 edge for team Jokowi-JK. Jokowi has claimed victory and, not to our surprise, so has Prabowo Subianto, the…

Thailand Update: Debate Continues, Uncertainty Looms

Protests Resume, Parliament Dissolved, Elections Scheduled It’s been a busy few weeks in Thailand. Since Tristan Thibodeaux’s December 7th post, opposition MPs have resigned en masse, protesters returned to the streets and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament and called for elections on February 2nd, a move later endorsed by King Bhumibol…