Category: Politics

The Fights to Control Golkar

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has formally ‘detained’ Golkar party chairman Setya Novanto, who is being treated at public hospital RS Ciptomangunkusumo, Jakarta. Lawyers of Novanto, who is also speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR), continue to resist. Not only submitting pre-trial lawsuit against KPK to the South Jakarta District Court, the lawyers also consider taking KPK to the international human rights tribunal.

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Waiting for A New Director General of Taxation

The Directorate General of Taxation of the Ministry of Finance will be lead by a new Director General per December 1, 2017, soon after the retirement of Director General Ken Dwijugiasteadi. Several names have been mentioned as possible successor. The decision is in the hands of the Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani.

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South Sulawesi Election: A Gamblers’ Game

The Former Regent of Gowa Ichsan Yasin Limpo, who is also the younger brother of South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo, finally has a ticket to enter the 2018 gubernatorial election of the resource-rich province of South Sulawesi. Ichsan, who is the last hope of the Yasin Limpo family to continue their domination of the province, secured the last gubernatorial ticket after officially accepting the endorsement of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)’s Democratic Party. This is a gamble for the Democratic Party, but they are not the only ones taking risks.

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Kalla vs Novanto

The Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Setya Novanto is nowhere to be found. Earlier this week, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) again named Novanto, who is also the Chairman of the Golkar Party, a suspect in the E-KTP graft case, after they were forced to let go of him as result of Novanto’s pre-trial victory. This time the KPK is going after him at full speed. They went to arrest the Speaker earlier today, but he was not in his residence, and is still missing-in-action. In the process leading to this showdown, one person in particular has been very vocal in criticizing Novanto: Jusuf Kalla.

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West Java Election: Dedi Mulyadi’s Future

The future of the Regent of Purwakarta Dedi Mulyadi, who is also the chairman of Golkar’s West Java chapter, remains a mystery after his party opted to endorse the popular Mayor of Bandung Ridwan Kamil for the West Java 2018 gubernatorial race. The Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) have shown that they support Dedi Mulyadi, but can they help him earn the ticket to participate in the race?

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More Support for Jokowi’s Re-election Bid

Nasdem, a political party led by media mogul Surya Paloh, said that they ‘d formally declare their endorsement of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s re-election in their upcoming National Working Meeting (Rakernas). Nasdem will be the fifth political party in the ruling coalition to pledge their support for Jokowi after Golkar, Hanura, PPP, and PKPI.

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Prabowo’s 2019 Preparation (2)

The Chairman of the opposition party Gerindra Prabowo Subianto visited the tombs of the Kings of Islamic Mataram and the final resting place of the Great Military Commander General Soedirman in Yogyakarta on Monday (Nov. 13). Prabowo also took the time to met with the patron figure of PAN Amien Rais, who was Prabowo’s supporter in the 2014 presidential race. Did Prabowo and Amien talk about an alliance between Gerindra and PAN for 2019? Will PAN abandon the ruling coalition?

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Jokowi, Civil Society & TNI’s Leadership Change

A coalition of civil society organizations has strongly recommended an expedited change of Military (TNI) commander to President Joko “Jokowi”, as the current TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo will soon enter his mandatory retirement age in the coming months. The organizations also reminded President Jokowi on the importance of carefully examining the nominee before submitting his name to the House of Representatives (DPR).

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PDIP’s Pick for Bali

PDIP, the largest political party in the province of Bali, has nominated I Wayan Koster and Tjokorda Artha Ardhana Sukawati a.k.a Tjok Ace as governor and vice governor candidates for the Province’s 2018 gubernatorial election. Wayan Koster and Tjok Ace beat several other potential candidates, including the Minister of Cooperatives & Small-Medium Enterprises (KUKM) A. A. Gede Ngurah Puspayoga, but are they the right choice?

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2018 Gubernatorial Elections: East Java Update

Saefullah Yusuf (otherwise known as Gus Ipul) and Khofifah Indar Parawansa are still the only two governor candidates competing in East Java 2018. Gus Ipul has already secured a ticket with the backing of PKB and PDIP. His chosen running mate is the Regent of Banyuwangi Abdullah Azwar Anas. Khofifah, meanwhile, has the endorsement of Nasdem, Golkar, PPP, Hanura and the Democratic Party. Khofifah is yet to choose a running mate. Whereas Gerindra, PKS, and PAN (the three parties left) have not yet decided on who to endorse. This is the latest on East Java 2018.

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2018 Gubernatorial Elections: Western Region

Riau and Lampung, two provinces in the western region of the country, will hold their gubernatorial election next year (much like North and South Sumatera). The incumbents in these two resource rich provinces will be seeking re-election. But can they do so with strong contenders challenging them in the race?

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E-KTP Politics: Kalla & Golkar’s Future

Vice President Jusuf Kalla seems to have a lot to say on the plight of Golkar Party Chairman Setya Novanto. A couple of weeks back, Kalla made a joke about a House of Representative (DPR) leader barely escaping the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)—Novanto is speaker of the DPR. And then Kalla addressed the news of Novanto saying the KPK would need to obtain the President’s permission before they could summon and examine him; Kalla said that the DPR Speaker should obey the law. All of that comments, what is Kalla up to?

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