Category: Politics

2019 Election: Gatot Nurmantyo

Military commander Gatot Nurmantyo received standing ovation from leaders of Golkar Party participated in the recent national meeting after a long one-hour speech (plus the controversial reading of a poem from political marketing guy Denny JA). Some participants consider Gatot a potential president candidate even though the party has named incumbent president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo.

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2019 Election: Kalla & Golkar

Vice President Jusuf Kalla is quoted by some media outlets Tuesday (May 23) that he won’t enter 2019 election either as president or vice president candidate. He supports a proposal from Aburizal Bakrie, chairman of patron board of Golkar, to start internal discussion about potential candidates, but disagree on suggestion of naming someone now.

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Ahok Yields

Just minutes ago, Veronica Tan, the wife of the non-active Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, held a press conference to explain her family’s decision to withdraw Ahok’s appeal. Veronica read a concise letter that Ahok had written, and the content of the letter is as heart-wrenching as the delivery.

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Fresh Speculation about Cabinet Reshuffle

Recent political developments led to another round of speculation about cabinet reshuffle even though President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has denied such rumors late last month. Two strategic economic portfolios are regular targets of the speculation, which might lead to new political consolidation ahead of 2019 elections.

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Jokowi-Kalla: Big Laughs…

As if dismissing speculation about their strained relationship, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla were seen with big laughs before starting a cabinet meeting at Bogor Palace Monday (May 22). It is not clear of what kind of topics they laughed about, but some cabinet members near by, including cabinet secretary Pramono Anung and state secretary minister Pratikno joined in laughter.

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Islam & Politics (4): Dault & Ahok

Adhyaksa Dault, minister of sports and youth affairs in 2004-2009 (SBY-Kalla), who is also long-time commissioner of state bank BRI (BBRI), denied of making comments supporting Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), an organization aggressively promoting Islamic State (Caliphate) in Indonesia to replace the current ideology of Pancasila.

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Golkar Shows They’re Still Jokowi’s

Golkar held a National Leadership Meeting (RAPIMNAS) last week in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. The Party’s regional leadership and branch organizations attended the event. What’s interesting to highlight is the attendance of Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, who is also a senior Golkar politician, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan. Luhut said something about Jokowi that needs mentioning.

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Saefullah and the Synchronization Team

Jakarta Vice Governor-elect Sandiaga Uno recently told the press that he’s confident his synchronization team would be able to include the One Kecamatan One Center for Entrepreneurship (OKE OCE) program in Jakarta’s 2018 budget. Comments recently made by Jakarta Administration’s Regional Secretary Saefullah suggest Sandi’s confidence to be well-founded.

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Jokowi Has Been Very Nice to Kalla/Bukaka, But…(3)

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, one of trusted advisors of President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, appealed to leaders of Golkar Party to continue supporting the President. At the same time, Luhut downplayed concerns surrounding strained relationships between the President and vice president Jusuf Kalla following devastating loss of Jokowi’s friend and ally Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) in Jakarta election to Anies Baswedan, who is strongly supported by Kalla and his network.

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Islam & Politics: Interesting Events

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo stopped over at Iskandar Muda international port in Banda Aceh, Aceh province today for refueling. The President is on his way to attend Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This will be a short trip because Jokowi is scheduled to welcome King Gustaf from Sweden on Monday.

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Jokowi’s Agrarian Reform

All Indonesian presidents after Soeharto talked about the importance of land reform as key component of agrarian reform. In fact, MPR, the highest legislative body in Indonesia, demanded land reform through its decree 16 years ago. National Land Agency (BPN) once claimed that President SBY, who led the country in 2004-2014, succeeded in executing the program, but most believe he did nothing. SBY’s successor Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo looks more aggressive.

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Political Tension: Jokowi’s Read

“It is a framing of situations toward 2019. Two interests: political power and business interests,” concluded President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo about the growing political tension in the past few months in a meeting with chief editors of major publications at the State Palace Wednesday (May 17).

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