Category: Politics

Observations and Commentaries: The Compromise

Words are the trade in politics. But words are a notoriously risky commodity. Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Mahfud MD knows that all too well. He was supposedly given the impression that Jokowi had chosen him as running mate. Poor Mahfud, after telling journalists that he had been chosen, it turned out that he had not. Jokowi had chosen Ma’ruf Amin instead. It looked like a last minute compromise, but is it the right compromise to make?

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Interesting Lawmaker Candidates to Watch (2)

In the previous installment of this series, we noted some interesting names of lawmaker candidates in six electoral regions (Dapil) in the capital city of Jakarta and West Java, the largest province in the country in terms of population. In this article we continue with four more electoral regions in West Java.

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Why 2019 Still A Difficult Race for Prabowo

Sandiaga Uno, running mate of Prabowo Subianto, is seen aggressive, at least in media reports, in reaching out to various mass organizations and influential figures to build up support for next year’s race. He is scheduled for speech in an economic dialogue organized by KADIN, HIPMI, and some other business associations in Makassar, South Sulawesi tomorrow.

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People on the move

Comm General (police) Ari Dono is scheduled to be sworn in as new vice chief of the national police, replacing Syafruddin, who has been appointed minister of state apparatus and bureaucracy reform by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo this week. This is pretty much in contrast to the name repeatedly mentioned by House Speaker and Golkar politician Bambang Soesatyo.

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Interesting Lawmaker Candidates to Watch

The General Election Commission (KPU) has just published the temporary list of lawmaker candidates (DCS) who will compete in the 2019 legislative election. The publication is aimed at collecting feedback from the public as obligated by the Election Law No. 7/2017 before the KPU determine the final list of lawmaker candidates (DCT) and announce the list on September 14-20, 2018. So, let’s sort out some interesting names. Let’s start with six electoral regions (Dapil) in West Java, the largest province in the country in terms of population; and the capital city of Jakarta.

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Corruption Journal: North Sumatera and Hulu Sungai Tengah Graft Case

We all know that the bribery case in North Sumatera implicating the disgraced governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho caused a lot of damages to the province and had led to several other investigations, including allegation of bribes for the members of the province’s DPRD. Earlier this year, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named 38 new suspects in the case. The suspects were detained in the past week. Separately, in the case of bribery involving the disgraced regent of Hulu Sungai Tengah one Abdul Latif, the Corruption Court at the Central Jakarta District Court have read their verdict for the bribee and the intermediary in the case.

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Jokowi, Kalla, and Cabinet Reshuffle

Minister of State Apparatus & Bureaucracy Reform (MenPAN-RB) Asman Abnur, who is also a PAN politician, has publicly tendered his resignation from the Working Cabinet. To replace him, the President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made Deputy Chief of the National Police (POLRI) Comr. Gen. Syafruddin the new MenPAN-RB. 

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The Campaign Teams (2)

The General Election Commission (KPU) has just announced that the two presidential pairs of candidates have passed their medical test. So, we can safely say that there’ll be a rematch between Jokowi and Prabowo in the 2019 race. This time the incumbent is accompanied by KH Ma’ruf Amin, and the contender with Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. In a related development, Prabowo has made the former military (TNI) commander General (ret) Djoko Santoso as the head of his campaign team. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, meanwhile, declined the offer to become the head of Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin campaign team

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2019 Presidential Race: Campaign Leave

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is going to have to take a leave when campaigning for his re-election. The good news is that the leave is only effective per the day and time of his campaigning on the road, and that it doesn’t mean that his presidential privileges and duties are stripped off while on leave. That being said, Jokowi seems keen to delegate. Vice President Jusuf Kalla is not going to campaign for the President because he’s going to focus on running the government while Jokowi is on leave. The question then is what will Kalla do while Jokowi is away?

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