Category: Politics

Ma’ruf Amin & the New Cabinet

The Vice President-Elect KH Ma’ruf Amin has not said much on matters concerning the new cabinet. He’s been so quiet that some are wondering what his role could be in the formation of the cabinet, and what role he will play in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term.

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Riau Islands Gubernatorial Election

The position of governor of the resource-rich Riau Islands province is one of the hottest positions in the region. In the past three years, three different figures from three different political parties have occupied the position. The most recent is PDIP politician Isdianto who serves as the acting governor. Next year, however, the province will hold a gubernatorial election. Who will be the next governor of Riau Islands?

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Denny Indrayana & S. Kalimantan Gubernatorial Race

Denny Indrayana, who is a former deputy minister of law & human rights under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and a lawyer for Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 presidential race, is aiming to run in next year’s South Kalimantan gubernatorial election. The province of South Kalimantan is home to major coal and palm oil producers in the country.

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New Cabinet Talks

Two key cabinet members were summoned separately by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to the State Palace yesterday: Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (coordinating minister for maritime affairs, senior Golkar politician) and Sri Mulyani Indrawati (minister of finance, professional). Both refused to talk much, but speculation is rife in Jakarta’s political circles about their future in the new cabinet.

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Jakarta Vice Governorship & Politics

A year has passed since Sandiaga Uno stepped down from the position of Vice Governor of Jakarta. The said position, however, remains vacant. Gerindra and PKS have not yet agreed on who between them shall have the right to appoint a vice governor for the capital city. Now that Gerindra might join President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ruling coalition, the situation can become even more complicated than ever.

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A New Rival in Town: PSI

The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) failed to get a seat in the House of Representatives (DPR), but it has managed to win legislative seats in the regions, including in the capital city Jakarta. In the 2019-2024 provincial legislative council (DPRD) of Jakarta, PSI is now the sixth largest political party, and it appears to have become the opposition for the Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

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A Jokowi-Prabowo Alliance?

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto met at the State Palace last Friday (Oct. 11). It’s their second meeting after the 2019 presidential race. The meeting strengthened the speculation that Prabowo’s party Gerindra, which is actually the largest opposition party, would join Jokowi’s ruling coalition. There are more reasons to believe that Gerindra has more chances to join the cabinet than the Democratic Party.

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The Opposition’s Future

The possible inclusion of Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra Party into the ruling coalition has left a big question on the future of the opposition. Some are worried that there wouldn’t be a check-and-balance system with a weak position in the Parliament. But for political parties in the opposition group, including Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) Democratic Party, today’s political configuration is actually a blessing in disguise. It may present them with opportunities ahead of the general election in 2024.

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Jokowi-SBY Meeting

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), who is now the chairman of the Democratic Party, at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday (Oct. 10). The President confirmed to the press that he had talked about the possible inclusion of the Democratic Party into the new cabinet. SBY, however, didn’t give any comment. He left the State Palace immediately after the meeting.

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Security Concern on Presidential Inauguration

The Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law & Security Affairs General (ret) Wiranto was stabbed on Thursday (Oct. 10) at the Alun-alun Menes in Pandeglang, Banten. The Police has arrested two perpetrators who have been identified as members of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a terrorist group affiliated to the Islamic State ISIS. The JAD is responsible for recent terror attacks in the country. With the presidential inauguration is on the horizon, the incident is likely to push the security forces toward adopting aggressive security measures.

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