Category: Politics

End of Year Security

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered the security forces to take measure and to tighten nationwide security with Christmas and New Year holidays in view. The security forces are ready to safeguard the country by holding its annual operation and deploying 198,000 joint security personnels from the National Police (POLRI), the Military (TNI), and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) for the said operation.

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PPP Chairmanship Congress

The United Development Party (PPP)—which is a member of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ruling coalition—will hold its muktamar (chairmanship congress) next year. Five figures, including the current acting Chairman of PPP Suharso Monoarfa, have been mentioned as potential chairman candidates.

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Jokowi’s Advisory Board

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has on Friday (Dec 13) installed nine members of the Presidential Advisory Board (Wantimpres). They include businessmen Arifin Panigoro (founder of Medco Group), Tahir (founder of Mayapada Group), and General (ret) Wiranto (former coordinating minister for politics, security, law and human right affairs).

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Jokowi’s Ex-Ministers & SOEs

Rudiantara may not be the only former minister of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s to join state-owned companies (SOEs). Former Energy Minister Ignatius Jonan and former Fishery & Marine Minister Susi Pudjiastuti have also been  rumored as potential new leaders of SOEs. Former Vice Minister of Energy Arcandra Tahar has also been mentioned as a candidate for leading the state oil and gas company PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) Tbk (PGAS).

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Bank Mandiri’s New Board & Politics

As predicted, Royke Tumilaar was named president director of state-owned Bank Mandiri (BMRI), which is the largest bank in Indonesia by total assets. In the board of commissioners, meanwhile, major changes happened, with some new high-profile names joining the board, including former Minister of Finance Muhammad Chatib Basri and former Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir.

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A Lesson from Jokowi & His Sons

Today (Dec. 12), the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, is to visit the headquarters of PDIP’s Central Java provincial chapter (DPD). Gibran is going to get a ticket to run as a mayoral candidate in the 2020 Surakarta city election. His brother-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, is also seeking to run as mayoral candidate Medan city’s 2020 election.

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SBY & His Son

After months of silence, former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) finally gave a political speech in an event held by his Democratic Party last night (Dec. 11) at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Senayan. As predicted, SBY chose to become a soft opposition vis-a-vis the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

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The Next Military Job Rotation

The upcoming job rotation in the Indonesian Military (TNI) is important to note. Not only would it tell us who will be the new military vice commander, it could also initiate massive changes in the leadership of all of the three military branches.

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Police Job Rotation & Regeneration Agenda

Apart from making Police Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo the new Chief of the National Police Detective (Kabareskrim), the latest job rotation instituted by the Police Chief General Idham Azis also affected 459 other high-ranking officers. It’s the largest job rotation in the past few years.

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Jokowi’s KPK (3)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated that, for now, he would not issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to replace the revised Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The President said he wanted to see the performance of the new KPK before making any decision.

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Jokowi, Ahok & the Reforms in Pertamina

The new President Commissioner of state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) Basuki Tjahaja Purnama a.k.a Ahok met with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta on Monday (Dec. 9). Ahok went to the Palace with Pertamina’s President Director Nicke Widyawati. They discussed, among others, the imports of oil, gas, and petrochemicals that has been weighing the trade balance.

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Amending the Election Law

The House of Representatives (DPR) has set 50 bills as their prioritized legislation for next year. One of the 50 bills included in the 2020 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) is the amendment of the Election Law No. 7/2017. The amendment of the Election Law will determine, among others, whether or not the presidential election and the legislative election would be held simultaneously in 2024. The Law 10/2016 on Regional Election also governs the implementation of simultaneous regional elections in 2024 across the country.

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