Vote ‘Dildo for Indonesia’: rivals for president find young voters hard to please

As elections loom, millennials tired of leaders who do not represent them find happiness in spoof social media personalities

Kate Lamb in Jakarta
@_KateLamb
Fri 18 Jan 2019

With their moustaches, traditional headwear and big campaign promises, Nurhadi and Aldo resemble almost any other politician. But, as Indonesia heads towards a presidential election, looks can be deceiving.
The two presidential candidates are in fact fictional.

Created by a group of disaffected millennials, they have struck a chord with young voters and their social media profiles, which regularly lampoon mainstream politics, have attracted almost 400,000 followers on Instagram and thousands on Twitter and Facebook since their creation last month.

In what has so far shaped up to be a lacklustre election campaign, Nurhadi and Aldo have become best known for their vulgar campaign tagline, a creative abbreviation of the last few letters of their names to make “Dildo for Indonesia”.

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“I see this movement as a breath of fresh air for our politics,” says Edwin, one of the creators, told the Guardian. “It is a new perspective, a new way to enjoy politics, and the drama of elite politicians who always argue, but don’t actually represent us.

“I was really looking forward to hearing from our candidates, but mostly they don’t show us their programs, or generate solutions for our problems.”

The world’s third-largest democracy heads to the polls in April, and millennials will account for 80 out of 187 million voters, but some young voters are not enthused about the choices in front of them.

more:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/18/vote-dildo-for-indonesia-rivals-for-president-find-young-voters-hard-to-please

Nurhadi meets Donald Trump in this doctored image. The image features on the social media account of two fake candidates for the Indonesia presidential election in April 2019. Photograph: Nurhadi and Aldo/Instagram

 

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