Category: Politics

East Java Election: The Game Changer

PDIP has not yet decide on who to endorse in East Java’s 2018 gubernatorial election. But their Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto has recently shared a hint: the party would support those blessed by the Nadhlatul Ulama (NU), which is the largest Muslim organization in the country and East Java. Would it be Saifullah Yusuf, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, or someone else?

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Jokowi & His Diversity Campaign

Indonesia celebrated its 72nd independence anniversary yesterday (August 17). What’s different and interesting with the festivity this year is the dress code for the Independence Day ceremony in the State Palace. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wanted people to come in their traditional garb. It’s a part of the President’s campaign for promoting the country’s commitment in unity in diversity.

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The Gubernatorial Elections & the 2019 Presidential Race

The Island of Java is believed to be the key in winning the presidential election in Indonesia. The General Election Commission (KPU)’s data from the 2014 presidential election show that almost 60% of the country’s voters live in Java. This could be the reason why those seeking to win the 2019 presidential race is working hard on winning the gubernatorial elections in Java. The question is, does winning gubernatorial elections in Java really guarantee that one would get the votes in the presidential election?

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Cabinet Reshuffle: A Fading Possibility?

Talks of cabinet reshuffle have been fading away in the past few weeks. But President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is known for dishing out surprises. The question now is if it’s still worth anticipating for a cabinet reshuffle, which could happen tomorrow (August 16).

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Jokowi-Prabowo in 2019?

Talks of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo running for re-election with the leader of the opposition group Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto as running mate first emerged in public discourse in January 2017. Though this might be the wildest scenario for 2019, we can’t dismiss it easily because politics is a world of possibilities.

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South Sulawesi Election: The Big Four

The Regent of Bantaeng Nurdin Abdullah has the highest electability among other potential governor candidates in the South Sulawesi 2018 gubernatorial race. The odd thing is that Nurdin does not yet have a ticket to run in the race. Two other governor candidates, Nurdin Halid and Ichsan Yasin Limpo, meanwhile, are way ahead. They’ve been endorsed by political parties, and they already have their running mate.

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Central Java Election: PDIP’s Dilemma

PDIP, the largest political party in Central Java, have said that they consider renominating the incumbent Governor Ganjar Pranowo, as an option. The Party admitted that the electronic identity card (E-KTP) graft scandal, in which Governor Ganjar is implicated, is making them reviewing their position on Ganjar. But if it isn’t Ganjar, what other alternatives do the PDIP have?

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The Mysterious Death of Marliem?

Budi Bowoleksono, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States of America, said Friday (Aug 11) night that the embassy was looking for confirmation from US authorities regarding news about the death of Johannes Marliem, key witness of the E-KTP scandal, implicating high-profile politicians in Indonesia.

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Three Revised Minister Regulations on Electricity

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) released three revised minister regulations (Perman). Permen ESDM No. 10/2017 on Power Purchase Agreement was revised to Permen ESDM No. 49/2017. Permen ESDM No. 11/20117 on Geothermal Energy was revised to Permen ESDM No. 45/2017. Permen ESDM No. 12/2017 on Renewable Energy was revised to Permen ESDM No. 50/2017.

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Papua Election: Jokowi’s Blessing?

Lenis Kagoya, a special staffer of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has expressed his intention to enter Papua’s 2018 gubernatorial election as a governor candidate. He underwent a fit and proper test in PKB in order to get the endorsement of the Party. Since then, people began to wonder whether Lenis is the candidate that has the President’s blessing.

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Dynamics in Golkar: Yorrys Raweyai

The Golkar Party Youth Movement (GMPG) led by Ahmad Doli Kurnia previously claimed that several Golkar executives supported their movement. Since then, the Secretary General of Golkar Party Idrus Marham had denied the Group’s claim. Idrus said that Golkar would not hold an extraordinary chairmanship congress (Munaslub) to elect a new party chairman, and that the Party was firmly united in their support of Chairman Setya Novanto. Separately, however, Golkar’s Coordinator for Politics, Law & Security Affairs Yorrys Raweyai publicly confirmed his support of the movement.

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