Indonesia's Obama moment is here

But a polarised political climate means the country — and foreign investors — might get mired in the controversy of ObamaCare rather than lifted by the hope of “Yes we can”.

Indonesia is all set for its Obama moment. The problem is, it doesn’t know which Obama moment it is about to get.

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, until recently the clear favourite, faces off against rival Prabowo Subianto on Wednesday for the right to be the country's president.

Jokowi, the 53 year-old former Jakarta governor, has been consistently likened to the US president in more ways than one. Both are relatively young, both have drawn scrutiny for their ethnic and religious background, and both at various points have embodied a potential new direction for their countries. 

Prabowo, in contrast, has probably never been compared...

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