Category: Politics

Anies and the Jakarta Bay Reclamation Project

Tempo Magazine’s special report this week is a meeting held in early August 2017 between the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan and property tycoons in the private residence of Gerindra patron Prabowo Subianto. The tycoons present in said meeting are developers of reclamation islands off of the coast of Jakarta.

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The Opposition’s Gamble

PAN and the opposition party Gerindra are continuing their alliance in East Java’s 2018 gubernatorial election. The two political parties reportedly wanted to nominate a third pair of governor and vice governor candidates to challenge Saefullah Yusuf and Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

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Jokowi, PAN, and the Muhammadiyah

The National Mandate Party (PAN) has again opposed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s policy, despite their status as a member of the President’s ruling coalition. The Party joined forces with Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra and PKS in the House of Representatives (DPR) to reject the Government regulation in lieu of law No. 2/2017 (otherwise known as Perppu Ormas).

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Prabowo’s 2019 Preparation

The Chairman of the opposition Gerindra Party Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto is heating up his political engine ahead of the 2019 presidential race. Prabowo held a national consolidation meeting and reactivated his retired military campaign team.

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Jokowi, Kalla, and the Police’s Anti-Graft Squad

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla were once in feud because of cabinet-related dynamics. This feud has long since been over. The President and his VP is believed to be in amicable terms. But this state of peace may be disturbed by their apparently different position on the National Police (POLRI)’s proposal to establish an anti-graft squad (Densus Tipikor). Is this the seed of a new conflict?

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Political Parties & 2019 Race

Twenty-seven political parties registered themselves to the General Election Commission (KPU) in an attempt to participate in the 2019 simultaneous legislative and presidential elections. They must now wait for the KPU’s verification process to begin.

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West Java Election: Unfinished Business

PDIP, the largest political party in West Java, is eager to win the province’s gubernatorial race. The problem is that the Party doesn’t have a strong figure to nominate. The Islamic party PKS, on the other hand, have the incumbent Vice Governor Deddy Mizwar with their cadre Akhmad Syaikhu, the pair that they believe would help them maintain dominance in West Java. The problem for PKS is that they do not have enough seats in the DPRD to endorse the pair on their own. To make things worse for PKS, their coalition with Gerindra has been torn into pieces. Golkar and the Democratic Party, meanwhile, are also eager to win the province. But everyone seems to have their own unfinished business.

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Three Big Issues for Jokowi This Week

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo have been visiting infrastructure projects in the past few weeks, like coal fire-power plants (PLTU) projects, a dam in Banten, a water retention basin in North Kalimantan, the Trans-Sumatera toll road in South Sumatera and North Sumatera, and the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Nusa Tenggara. He also visited Islamic boarding schools (Pesantren), and attended the groundbreaking of the construction of a hospital belonging to the Muhammadiyah’s Pesantren Darul Arqom in West Java. After all that traveling, the President may decide to stay in Jakarta this week to address three crucial issues: the Government regulation in lieu of law No. 2/2017 (otherwise known as Perppu Ormas), the National Police’s (POLRI) proposal for a new anti-corruption task force (Densus Tipikor), and the passage of the 2018 State budget draft (R-APBN).

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Jokowi-vs-Kalla: Three Years Later (3)

Jokowi was in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on the third anniversary of his administration. VP Jusuf Kalla, meanwhile, was thousands miles away in Istanbul, Turkey to attend D-8 Summit. In Jakarta, thousands of ‘students’ staged a rally till midnight to ‘criticizing’ Jokowi-Kalla. Jokowi didn’t respond to the rally, while Kalla issued a somewhat ‘neutral’ statement.

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520 Events in Three Years

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo inaugurated commercial operation of the first sharia micro financing institution in an Islamic boarding school (pesantren) located in Cirebon, West Java province Friday (Oct 20) afternoon. Hours earlier, he was in Ampenan, Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara to inaugurate commercial operation of a coal-fired power plant (50 MW). In the same island, the President kicked off Mandalika Special Economic Zone (SEZ) after decades of delay.

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Jokowi-vs-Kalla: Three Years Later (2)

Cracks in Jokowi-Kalla relationship were widely seen entering New Year of 2015. Basically two months after the cabinet was established, Jokowi appointed General (ret) Luhut Binsar Panjaitan as chief of staff of the new unit called Presidential Staff’s Office. On February 25, 2015, Jokowi issued regulation about the office, which basically expanded its authorities.

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Jokowi-vs-Kalla: Three Years Later

From Day One of the Jokowi-Kalla pairing in early 2014, some already speculated about the likely relationship between the two if elected as new president and vice president. Some mainly pointed to the history of SBY-Kalla partnership in the period of 2004-2009, while others used personality assessments. In short, they’ve predicted potential tension during Jokowi-Kalla term (2014-2019).

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