Category: Politics

East Java Election: Waiting for PDIP

Political parties in East Java are still waiting for PDIP to announce the gubernatorial candidate that they’d like to endorse. Gerindra, the third largest political party, repeatedly pushed PDIP to make the announcement so that East Java 2018 will not end up becoming a one-pair race. Why is PDIP taking their time?

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The Presidential Threshold: Why It Matters

A few days ago, lawyer/politician Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the press that the presidential threshold could be challenged at the Constitutional Court (MK), especially if the new Election Bill accommodates the current presidential threshold as stipulated in the Presidential Election Law 42/2008. The former Minister of Law & Human Rights under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) administration, moreover, said that he’d challenge the constitutionality of the threshold because it’s no longer relevant.

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Wiranto’s Latest Movement

Hanura Party’s decision to become a part of the ruling coalition has led to the rebirth of the political career of the Party’s patron General (retired) Wiranto, who is now the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law & Security Affairs. Recently, Wiranto was mentioned a potential running mate for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in 2019. This is why the former Minister of Defense & Security and Commander of the ABRI (previous name of the TNI/POLRI) is worth monitoring.

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East Java Election: Ticket for Khofifah?

Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa is still being considered as a potential gubernatorial candidate for East Java 2018. More and more political parties are expressing their willingness to endorse her. Khofifah, however, has not decided on whether she would run for office.

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Lebaran 2017 & Jokowi 2019

Aside of its religious meanings, Lebaran is a big annual cultural and political annual in Indonesia. Government agencies have prepared massive works to make better arrangement of things (food, fuel, and transportation) months earlier. For decades, Lebaran means traffic jam in most part of the country. This is also a moment of truth, how people, predominantly Muslim celebrating Lebaran, see the ruling administration.

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Presidential Threshold: Another Delay

The decision on the passage of the new Election Bill has been delayed yet again following a deadlock in the discussion of the bill in the House of Representatives (DPR). Discussion on the Bill will not resume until next month. Will another month be enough for the DPR and the Government to reach an agreement on the Bill and to thus pass it into law? Who will eventually come out as the winner of this political battle?

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Jokowi & Islam Politics (3)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has on Monday (June 19) suspended implementation of five-day school per week following protest from leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Moslem organization in the country. PP Muhammadiyah, the second largest Moslem organization, however, expects the President to proceed with the policy issued by minister of education Muhadjir Effendy.

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PPP’s Legal Battle

Romahurmuziy’s United Development Party (PPP) won the lawsuit against Djan Faridz’s PPP in the Supreme Court (MA). With said ruling, Romahurmuziy’s PPP becomes the legitimate PPP. Will this end the Party’s prolonged internal conflict?

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Jokowi-Wiranto in 2019?

Internal affairs minister Tjahjo Kumolo, who is also politician from PDI-P, admitted all political parties within the ruling coalition seeks possible pairing of their cadre with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo in 2019 election following decision from VP Jusuf Kalla not to entering the race. We’re talking about names to be tipped by Golkar, National Awakening Party (PKB), United Development Party (PPP), NasDem, Hanura, and the National Mandate Party (PAN).

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Jokowi & Islam Politics (2)

Like the previous week, President Jokowi visited three Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) this week. They are Al-Ihya Ulumudin in Cilacap, Miftahul Huda in Kroya (Cilacap), and Darussalam in Banyumas, all in Central Java province. The president continued a safari to remind public about Indonesia’s diversity of ethnic, religious, languages, and universal values of Islam.

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Presidential Threshold: Government Maneuvre

The Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo told the House of Representatives (DPR) that the Government would pull out from the deliberation of the Election Bill should the majority of the political parties continue to seek the elimination of the presidential threshold. This is an overt threat from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, and given what’s at stake, one can understand why. With the Government out of the process, the DPR will not able to deliberate on the bill. What are the implications?

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