Category: Politics

Jokowi v Prabowo on Agrarian Reform

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his contender Prabowo Subianto took the stage for the second presidential debate last night (Feb. 17). The debate was about energy, food, infrastructure, natural resources, and environmental issues. The debate got heated on the agrarian reform topic.

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Jokowi & West Java Battleground

The leaders of the political parties in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ruling coalition recently claimed that the President was already leading the 2019 presidential race in West Java—the most populous province in Indonesia. They claimed that Jokowi’s electability in West Java had reached more than 50%. Is that true?

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Jakarta Vice Governorship & Prabowo’s Indecisiveness

The Islamic party PKS is still in a deadlock with their ally Gerindra on who shall be nominated as vice governor of Jakarta to replace Sandiaga Uno. PKS recently urged Gerindra to submit the names of Jakarta vice governor candidates from PKS to the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan, but Gerindra’s Jakarta chapter was reluctant to proceed. They argued that the nomination was not yet final. One wonders why Prabowo Subianto cannot seem to settle this issue while six months have passed since Sandi stepped down from the position to run in the 2019 presidential election.

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The 2019 Race & the Claim Game

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo sworn in Khofifah Indar Parawansa and Emil Dardak as the new governor and vice governor of East Java at the State Palace, Jakarta. Khofifah, Emil, and their predecessors are all supporters of Jokowi in the 2019 presidential race. In the meantime, 367 km away from Jakarta, Prabowo Subianto visited Purbalingga, Central Java. He was again accompanied by former Central Java Governor Lt. Gen. (ret) Bibit Waluyo.

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Sandiaga’s Mistakes

Another day, another controversy. That’s what the people see coming from Prabowo Subianto’s running mate Sandiaga Uno. Recently, Sandi harvested criticism for a video he posted in his social media account of a local farmer in Brebes (Central Java).

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Golkar & 2019 Legislative Election

The ruling party PDIP is optimistic that their ally the Golkar Party will be able to take the runner-up position in the 2019 legislative election. Golkar has indeed set a high target. It plans to secure 110 out of the 575 seats in the House of Representatives (DPR) or around 19%. Can Golkar live up to the said expectation?

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The 2019 Legislative Race

The polling agency Charta Politika released the result of their survey on the electability of political parties in the capital city Jakarta. From the said survey, Charta found the declining electability of some major political parties in the city and the rise of others.

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The Furious Prabowo-Sandi

The campaign team of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno is furious with the recent detainment of their campaigners. It doesn’t help their mood that Sandi has become the butt of jokes in social media, and that one of their executives have joined the side of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate KH Ma’ruf Amin (Jokowi-Amin).

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The Campaign Trails

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has collected more endorsements from the retired military-police officers, and alumni of high schools and Trisakti University in Jakarta. Prabowo Subianto’s running mate Sandiaga Uno, meanwhile, was under the spotlight for another blunder.

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BTP for PDIP

Questions on the future of the former Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (BTP) has been answered. BTP has officially joined the ruling party PDIP, which is also the political party of his political ally President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. So BTP returns to politics immediately after walking free from prison, but what does he seek through PDIP? How will he benefit PDIP and Jokowi?

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