Indonesia election: 4 parties to contest polls for the first time

Indonesia Solidarity Party leader Ratu Isyana Bagoes Oka receiving confirmation from an election commission official that her party has been cleared to join the 2019 election.
Indonesia Solidarity Party leader Ratu Isyana Bagoes Oka receiving confirmation from an election commission official that her party has been cleared to join the 2019 election.PHOTO: INDONESIA SOLIDARITY PARTY

A business associate of US President Donald Trump, the youngest son of former president Suharto, a former TV news anchor and a former TV network executive will each be heading a party next year contesting the general election in Indonesia for the first time.

While not expected to win big at the polls, these four new parties are set to bring new dimensions to the presidential race, said observers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline '4 parties to contest polls for the first time'. Print Edition | Subscribe