Category: Politics

Jokowi’s Son-in-Law & PSSI Congress

Bobby Afif Nasution, the son-in-law of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, is in the spotlight following the rumor saying that he will serve as the secretary general of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) should Police Comr. Gen. Mochammad Iriawan become the new chairman of the association. Mochammad Iriawan a.k.a Iwan Bule is one of the strongest candidates to compete in the upcoming extraordinary chairmanship congress (KLB) of PSSI next month.

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Prabowo & Post-Election Dispute

Today, June 18, the Constitutional Court (MK) holds the second trial of the post-election dispute filed by the losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto against the General Election Commission (KPU). In the first trial, Prabowo’s lawyer team read their petition with 15 points of contradictory demands.

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Jokowi & KPK Leadership Selection

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo summoned the nine members of the committee tasked with selecting the new leaders of the 2019-2023 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to the State Palace, Jakarta, Monday (Jun 17). In the said meeting, the President gave directions to the Committee.

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Democratic Party & Regeneration Issue

A number of senior politicians from the Democratic Party urged their party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to hold an extraordinary congress (KLB). They want SBY to hand over the chairmanship to his eldest son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY). Some of the Party’s executives, however, criticized the maneuver and demanded sanctions to be handed to the said senior politicians. What kind of drama is this?

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Jokowi & Bali’s Infrastructure Development

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is in Bali. He departed to the province from the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta with First Lady Iriana last night. The presidential aircraft landed at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 8:45 p.m. local time. The Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster, who is also a PDIP politician, welcomed Jokowi together with the Commander of the Udayana IX Regional Military Command (Pangdam IX/Udayana) Maj. Gen. Benny Susianto, and the Chief of the Bali Police Insp. Gen. Petrus Reinhard Golose.

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Prabowo’s Latest Move

The losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, through a video, sent a message to his supporters ahead of the trial of post-presidential election dispute in the Constitutional Court (MK). In the said video, the retired three-star Army general told his supporters not to come to the court to stage a rally learning from the riots that broke on May 21-22. This is a good move, but is it enough to control his supporters?

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Security Concern & the Next Cabinet

The next two weeks will be another challenging time for the security forces as the Constitutional Court (MK) is expected to commence the trial of post-presidential election dispute tomorrow (June 14) and to read its final ruling on June 28 or earlier. The burden is on the National Police (POLRI), the Military (TNI), and the Intelligence bodies. But this is also an opportunity for them to score a points, especially with the cabinet reshuffle on the horizon and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to lineup his second term cabinet.

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Post-Election Riot: The High-Profile Suspects

The National Police (POLRI) and the Indonesian Military (TNI) revealed the identity and the role of the suspects (some are high-profile figures) involved in the riots that broke on May 21-22 in a joint press conference held at the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law & Security Affairs yesterday (June 11). Who are they? Let’s focus on the high-profile figures.

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Revisiting Tim Mawar

The infamous Tim Mawar (Rose Team) of the Army’s Special Forces Kopassus, the team responsible for the kidnapping of activists back in 1998, has returned to the spotlight following the investigation report into the May 21-22 riot published by the Tempo magazine. Tempo’s investigation pointed to the involvement of Fauka Noor Farid, a member of the Tim Mawar, in the riot. In response to the publication, the former Commander of Tim Mawar Maj. Gen. (ret) Chairawan Kadarsyah Nusyirwan, who is now a politician from Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra Party, reported Tempo to the Dewan Pers (Press Council) and the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim POLRI). Let’s revisit the members of Tim Mawar. Twenty years have passed since the high military tribunal II back in 1999 punished them for the kidnapping of activists, what have they been doing all this time?

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