Category: Politics

The Presidential Threshold: A Never-Ending Battle

Many parties had attempted to eliminate or reduce the presidential threshold through, among others, a judicial review at the Constitutional Court (MK). But the Court rejected all of those attempts. Lately, economist-cum-politician Rizal Ramli also attempted to eliminate the presidential threshold. Yet again, the Court rejected the request.

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Admiral Yudo Margono in Action

Admiral Yudo Margono, in his capacity as the Navy Chief of Staff (KSAL), has significant contribution in the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation to find the crashed Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 and its victims. Admiral Yudo, as we all know, could be the frontrunner to become the next Military Commander instead of the Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) General Andika Perkasa.

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Listyo Sigit Prabowo’s Nomination: What They Say

As predicted, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo nominates Police Commissioner General (Comr. Gen.) Listyo Sigit Prabowo, the chief of the National Police’s Investigation Division (Kabareskrim POLRI), as the sole police chief (Kaopolri) nominee to replace General Idham Azis. The House of Representatives (DPR) will conduct a fit and proper test next week before deciding on whether to accept or reject Listyo Sigit’s nomination. That said, learning from the past, the DPR always approved the nomination.

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Jokowi & Vaccination

This morning (Jan. 13), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will kick off Indonesia’s national COVID-19 vaccination program. The President will be the first recipient of the vaccine. There is hope that the vaccines, which will be administered to the targeted recipients for free, can help the country control the spread of COVID-19 and speed up its economic recovery.

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Jokowi & Airline Industry Reform

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered his ranks to ensure that airplane crashes no longer happen in the future. The crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 is the fourth airline crash in Jokowi’s term. It will be interesting to see...

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Sriwijaya Air Crash: Investigation & Politics

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) to investigate the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182. On that note, the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim POLRI) is currently investigating two passengers of the crashed Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 who allegedly used different identities. The House of Representatives (DPR) Commission V, a commission that oversees transportation, will soon summon the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi for a hearing.

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The Police Chief Nominee: Listyo Sigit Prabowo?

Tomorrow (Jan. 13), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will reportedly send the letter noting the name of his police chief (Kapolri) nominee to the House of Representatives (DPR). The latest speculation is that the President would nominate Police Commissioner General (Comr. Gen.) Listyo Sigit Prabowo, the chief of the National Police’s Investigation Division (Kabareskrim POLRI).

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Komnas HAM & FPI

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) was investigating the death of the paramilitary members of the disbanded hardline muslim group FPI who had a clash with the Police. The Komnas HAM recently concluded the killing as a violation of human rights. The Komnas HAM recommended the settlement of the matter in Court.

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The Police Chief Nominee

Today (Jan. 11), the House of Representatives (DPR) will hold its first plenary session after returning from recess. We’re anticipating the DPR to read the letter from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on the name of the police chief (Kapolri) nominee.

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Minister Risma and Her Critics

The new Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has not enjoyed a warm welcome. As soon as she began to work, she worked her way around Jakarta. On some occasions, Risma managed to visit well-known squatter settlements and found homeless people. She promised the homeless people she met education and resettlement, but many did not like her efforts. Some accused her of staging stunts. 

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Upcoming Key Appointment: Acting Jakarta Governor

The Central Government will appoint an acting governor to lead the capital city Jakarta once Anies Baswedan ends his term on Oct. 16, 2022 as per Regional Election Law (UU Pilkada) No. 10/2016. The said acting governor will serve for two years until a new Jakarta governor is elected in a gubernatorial election that, by law, is scheduled to be held in November 2024. The question is who will have the chance to lead Jakarta as an acting governor for the period of 2022-2024?

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