Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, the frontrunner for Indonesia’s presidency, secured the backing of the National Democratic Party to ensure he has enough support to stand as a candidate in July elections.
Indonesia’s smaller political parties are set to play a key role in July’s presidential race after faring better than forecast in a parliamentary election, complicating the campaign of frontrunner Joko Widodo.
Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko Widodo may need to form a coalition to get elected, with the country’s main opposition party taking an unexpectedly slim lead in unofficial estimates after a parliamentary vote.
The party of Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko Widodo said it is open to a coalition with nationalist groups after unofficial parliamentary-election results indicated it lacks support to nominate the nation’s next leader by itself.
The crowd of people danced and sang in the fading afternoon heat outside the city of Malang in East Java, their shirts and flags melding into a sea of red. Cheers erupted from the supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle as their idol took the stage.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, having called Japan his country’s closest friend in Asia, will seek this week to overcome Chinese unease about his loyalties in a region beset by territorial tensions.
Yi Ok Seon, an 86-year-old survivor of Japan’s wartime use of sex slaves, rolled up her trouser cuff to reveal the scar that she said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should come to South Korea to see.
The Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum sits 14 miles west of Doha, the capital of Qatar. A desert fortress with stone turrets and arched wooden doors, the museum’s 15 halls hold more than 15,000 artifacts, including ancient Qurans, Yemeni daggers and vintage American cars.