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Indonesia votes: Record 3,200 women vie for 575 seats

Ms Nadea Lazuardani Zahra (centre), 24, an MP candidate in East Java, wants to address Indonesia's poor education system and youth unemployment.
Ms Nadea Lazuardani Zahra (centre), 24, an MP candidate in East Java, wants to address Indonesia's poor education system and youth unemployment. The country has made it mandatory for parties to ensure that 30 per cent of their nominees in any election are women.PHOTO: COURTESY OF NADEA LAZUARDANI ZAHRA

Indonesian parties, both established and fringe, are fielding more young women

For the past six months, Ms Tsamara Amany has been hitting the campaign trail in Jakarta, meeting constituents, some more than four times her age, as she contests for a seat in Indonesia's Parliament.

At age 22, the politician from the fledgling Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), which was founded in 2014, belongs to an emerging group of young women in Indonesia who are pursuing a career in politics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2019, with the headline 'Record 3,200 women vie for 575 seats'. Print Edition | Subscribe