‘Mama Aleta’ defends west Timor’s natural habitat – The Christian Science Monitor


BALI, INDONESIA — Pointing to the blue, purple, and yellow scarf wrapped ornately around her forehead and temples, Aleta Baun says that her vivid garb will be a regular sight inside the East Nusa Tenggara regional parliament in eastern Indonesia. The first-time lawmaker won a seat in elections last April.

Electoral shadow play – The Edge Review

Prabowo Subianto and running mate Hatta Rajasa shake hands at Proclamation Monument, Jakarta,  July 14 2014 (Photo: Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA – “I’ll see your election victory proclamation, and raise you an unbreakable five-year parliamentary coalition plan.” Unsaid, of course, but that was the implied challenge issued by Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to his rival Joko Widodo last Monday evening, announcing what he described as a “permanent” amalgam of parties in Indonesia’s incoming parliament – a bloc holding over 60 per cent of seats – which he would effectively lead.