Coalitions, Kingmakers, and Electoral Platforms: Assessing the Critical Issues Behind the 2024 Indonesian Elections


About the Hybrid Seminar

In 2024, Indonesia will hold national elections for its president and vice president, national parliament (DPR), regional representatives (DPD), and regional parliaments (DPRD). This simultaneous election will be a real test for Indonesian democracy, which, to some observers, has been seen as declining in recent years. The upcoming elections will feature a new generation of political leaders competing for key positions in the country’s political arena. Three pairs of candidates have registered with the Elections Commission (KPU), and party coalitions have become clearer. The candidates will soon start campaigning and debating to gain public support. Several issues may affect the direction and outcomes of the elections, including identity politics, Joko Widodo’s support, as well as the support from the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the biggest Muslim organisation in Indonesia. This seminar will examine emerging political personalities in terms of their background, political ideology and cultural outlook; campaign strategies of candidates and political parties; and the relevance of ethnic and religious faultlines. The speaker will highlight some critical issues behind the upcoming elections, which may influence the outcome.

About the Speaker

Ms Yenny Wahid is the Director of The Wahid Institute, an Islamic research centre founded by her late father, the former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid. She was previously a journalist for the Australian newspapers, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and also special staff for political communication for former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2006. Currently, she serves, among other positions she holds, as a member of the Global Council on Faith.


This is a hybrid event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

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Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register here to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Nov 16 2023


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2 / Webinar