Category: Politics

Avanti Communications v. Government of Indonesia

Several days ago Avanti Communications Limited, subsidiary of UK-based Avanti Communications Group Plc (LSE: AVN), announced on its official website that the Company had won the arbitration against Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence. The dispute they brought to court is related to the lease of the Company’s ARTEMIS satellite and the court ordered the Ministry to pay over US$20 million.

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Corruption Journal

The trials of the suspects arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) continues. The latest trials are the trial of Wilhelmus Iwan Ulumbu, president director of PT Sinar 99 Permai (S99P), who allegedly bribed the Regent of Ngada in East Nusa Tenggara one Marianus Sae; trial of Mayor of Malang Moch. Anton; and the trial of one Inna Silestyowati, who allegedly bribed Regent of Jombang Nyono Suharli Wihandoko.

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Indonesia National Single Window

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed a Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 44/2018 on Indonesia National Single Window (INSW) on May 31, 2018, and although the copy of the Perpres is yet to be published officially, the Government has provided the summary. Overall, the system is led by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (Kemenko) and will integrate data and information related to the business world in the country. But for the next few months, Kemenko may have to work harder because in addition to carrying out the INSW system, its human resources is also required to run the Online Single Submission (OSS) system, while waiting for the readiness of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to take over.

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The 2019 Race: Political Breakups (4)

Siti Hediyati Hariyadi a.k.a Titiek Soeharto, the daughter of the late President Soeharto, has left the Golkar Party for the Berkarya Party. The Berkarya Party is a new party led by her own younger brother Hutomo Mandala Putra a.k.a Tommy Soeharto. Titiek, who is also the ex-wife of Prabowo Subianto, stated that she resigned from Golkar because the Party supported President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration. So, Titiek is the latest Golkar politician to have jumped ship after Tommy Soeharto, Maj. Gen. (ret) Syamsu Djalal, Badarudin Andi Picunang, Syahrul Yasin Limp and Priyo Budi Santoso.

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Regional Elections Update: South Sumatera

A new survey result published by the LSI Denny JA polling agency pointed to Dodi Reza Alex Noerdin and his running mate Giri Ramanda Kiemas as the leaders of the polls in the South Sumatera 2018 gubernatorial election. Dodi Reza-Giri Kiemas are backed by a coalition of PDIP, Golkar, and PKB. PDIP and Golkar are the largest and the third largest political parties in the province.

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Jokowi’s Rivals and their Latest Moves

A group of volunteers led by a Gerindra Party politician Biem Benyamin declared Prabowo Subianto and Anies Baswedan as a pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates. While the founder of PAN Amien Rais, who is also known as one of Prabowo’s main allies and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s biggest critics, publicly expressed his plan to run in the 2019 race. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), meanwhile, wants to form a new axis. His son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono criticized President Jokowi.

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Jokowi & PAN

In between his packed schedule (visiting West Java and Central Java in the past few days), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made time to attend an iftar gathering organized by the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR)’s leadership. The gathering was held at the official residence of MPR Speaker Zulkifli Hasan last Friday (June 8). The Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Bambang Soesatyo (Golkar), the Speaker of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) Oesman Sapta Odang (Hanura), former Golkar Chairman Aburizal “Ical” Bakrie, the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court (MK) Anwar Usman, the Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir, and several cabinet members such as Idrus Marham and Asman Abnur were present in the gathering.

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Lebaran Exodus & Jokowi’s Electability

This year’s exodus for Lebaran—-known locally as mudik—-will be a showcase of President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s achievement in infrastructure development. This is a great opportunity for Jokowi to convince public, especially voters in Java and Sumatra, two of the most populous islands, ahead of next year’s election.

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More Sting Operations

The fasting month has not slowed down the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Two days after their investigators arrested the Regent of Purbalingga, the KPK conducted two more Sting Operations simultaneously in two municipalities in East Java. 

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The 2019 Race: A Man of Surprises

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is a man of surprises. In the past, he surprised many by appointing an all-female panel in charge of selecting new leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Another one of the President’s surprise move was the appointment of Ignasius Jonan, who he previously fired from the position of minister of transportation, as minister of energy & mineral resources (ESDM) to replace Sudirman Said. People are now wondering if the President is going to pull yet another surprise move by naming someone unexpected as his running mate in 2019.

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