Category: Politics

Megawati’s Endorsement of Ahok

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo discussed the chief of the new capital city authority with the Chairperson of the ruling party PDIP Megawati Soekarnoputri. At the heart of the discussion was the then Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama a.k.a Ahok, who is now the president commissioner of state oil and gas company Pertamina.

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Gus Yahya’s First Action

The Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama’s Central Board (PBNU) Yahya Cholil Staquf a.k.a Gus Yahya reprimands the leaders of the NU’s regency branches (PCNU) in Sidoarjo and Banyuwangi for their involvement in a political event of the Chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar in relation to the 2024 presidential race. Gus Yahya firmly prohibits the NU, as an institution, to be involved in practical politics.

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Anies & Nasdem Party

The Nasdem Party, a political party led by media mogul Surya Paloh, denied that the Party had organized the event attended by the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan in Makassar, South Sulawesi. But regardless of the denial, it’s not a secret that Nasdem has a special relationship with Anies and that the Party is interested in endorsing the Governor in the 2024 race.

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PDIP & the New Capital City Chief Talks

The ruling party PDIP responded to the speculation that some of its party cadres have the potential to be appointed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the chief of the new capital city authority. The PDIP’s response is worth highlighting to help us understand the Party’s preference figure for the said strategic position.

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On the Corruption in Probolinggo 

The KPK conducted a sting operation in Probolinggo and arrested dozens of parties, including Regent of Probolinggo, Puput Tantriana Sari, and her husband, in August 2021. The case eventually ensnared 22 suspects. The inquisition process was done very quickly. Puput and her husband face their trial this week. The other suspects have already been on trial.

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Police Job Rotation

A few days after Military Commander (Panglima TNI) General Andika Perkasa instituted a major job rotation in the Indonesian Military (TNI), the Chief of the National Police (Kapolri) General Listyo Sigit Prabowo also made a job rotation within the Police Corps. It affected 200 high and middle-ranking police officers, including a provincial police chief.

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The Governors & 2024 Race

The Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo, the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan, and the Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil visited the regions over the weekend. Even though they have not yet declared their presidential bid, many believe that the visit is a part of their effort to expand their base of supporters in view of the 2024 presidential race.

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The Jokowi Effect on Indonesian Election

It is interesting to see the regional heads, particularly governors, continue to dominate the electability surveys of the 2024 potential presidential candidates held by various polling agencies. Like it or not, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, former Jakarta Governor and Surakarta Mayor, contributed a lot to what’s happening today.

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Demands for Azis Syamsuddin

The disgraced Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Azis Syamsuddin (Golkar) was named a suspect for his alleged involvement in the case brokering scandal in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). In less than six months, his trial is reaching the finish line. On Jan. 24, 2022, the prosecutors read their demands and asked the Panel of Judges to declare Azis guilty as charged. 

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Military Job Rotation: Noteworthy Generals

The latest job rotation instituted by the Military Commander (Panglima TNI) General Andika Perkasa is a major rotation. Apart from the two territorial commanders, Maj. Gen. Maruli Simanjuntak and Maj. Gen. Agus Subiyanto, the rotation also affected the 326 other high-ranking military officers. Some of them are worth highlighting as well.

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The New Pangkostrad: Implications?

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally made Maj. Gen. Maruli Simanjuntak, who is the son-in-law of Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the new commander of the Army’s Strategic Reserves Command (Pangkostrad). With the said appointment, Maruli will get his three-star rank. Implications?

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