Category: Politics

A New Set of Ammunition?

The Chairman of PAN Zulkifli Hasan, as well as several members of the PKS and the Muhammadiyah, have made the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issue a political issue. The question now is whether they will use this as a set of ammunition against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

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Golkar’s New Secretary General

Lt. Gen. (ret) Lodewijk Friedrich Paulus is the new secretary general of the Golkar Party. Until Sunday (Jan. 21) evening, however, the rumor was still on Happy Bone Zulkarnain as the frontrunner. Many believed that Happy Bone, as someone close to Vice President Jusuf Kalla, would win the race, and so Kalla would regain his control of Golkar. The expectation that Lodewijk would be appointed was not as strong. But now that he’s been appointed, we can at least tell that the Chairman of Golkar Airlangga Hartarto prefers a power sharing arrangement that accommodate all factions.

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New line-up of Golkar Party

Airlangga Hartarto, chairman of Golkar Party, has finally revealed new line-up of the party’s central board (DPP). Airlangga accommodates the interest of various groups in the party, including those considered close to VP Jusuf Kalla and Coordinating minister for maritime affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. Interestingly, former director general of tax Ken Dwijugeastiadi is appointed deputy chief of economic affairs at the party.

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Hanura’s Internal Conflict Continues

After ousting Oesman Sapta Odang (OSO) from the chairmanship position, the Hanura Party under the new leadership of Vice Air Marshal (ret) Daryatmo and Sarifuddin Sudding sought to kick Oesman out of Hanura for allegedly embezzling of Rp200 billion of the Party’s funds. They’re also keen on reporting Oesman to the Police and the Financial Services Authority (OJK). Oesman’s faction instead accused Daryatmo’s faction as the one responsible for the embezzlement.

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Kalla and Airlangga’s Golkar

Today (Jan. 22) the Golkar Party is scheduled to announce the new lineup of their central executive board (DPP) under Airlangga Hartarto’s leadership. Rumor is making its way around that Happy Bone Zulkarnain will be the new secretary general to replace Idrus Marham.

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Infrastructure & Jokowi’s Electability (4)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has on Sunday (Jan 21) inaugurated commercial operation of two sections (14.5 KM) of Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar toll road (141 KM) in Lampung province. The Rp16.8 trillion toll road project is part of the president’s ambitious trans-Sumatra toll road program connecting Lampung in the south and Aceh in the north of Sumatra Island.

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The Next Pangdam Jaya

Another strategic position in the Army (TNI AD) that will soon be vacant is the commandership of the Greater Jakarta Regional Military Command (Pangdam Jaya). The current commander Maj. Gen. Jaswandi will enter his mandatory retirement age on March 12, 2018. Who will become the next Pangdam Jaya to replace Jaswandi?

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Wiranto, Hanura’s Leadership, and the 2019 Race

Through its extraordinary congress (Munaslub), the Hanura Party officially dismissed Oesman Sapta Odang (OSO) and elected Vice Air Marshal (ret) Daryatmo as its new chairman. Hanura’s patron figure Wiranto gave his blessing. But does this resolve the Party’s internal conflict? Will Oesman accept the dismissal and not to fight back?

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Makassar Election

Munafri Arifuddin, the nephew of Vice President Jusuf Kalla, will challenge the incumbent Mayor of Makassar Mohammad Ramdhan “Danny” Pomanto in a head-to-head mayoral race this year. Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi, is the largest municipality out of the 24 municipalities/regencies in the province.

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Golkar’s Power Sharing Arrangement

After the inauguration of Bambang Soesatyo as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR), and now the appointment of Idrus Marham as Minister of Social Affairs, the Golkar Party is moving towards appointing a new secretary general. Who will get the position?

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The New Kasau

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has just taken the oath of Vice Air Marshall Yuyu Sutisna as the new Air Force Chief of Staff (Kasau), a vacant position left behind by Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, who is now the commander of the Military (TNI). Earlier on Monday (Jan. 15), nine Army generals, including the new commander of the Army’s elite force Kostrad and the new commander of the Army’s School of Education & Training were sworn in. It looks like Jokowi’s consolidation is going smoothly.

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