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2017 Political Outlook: Jakarta Gubernatorial Election (3)

The result of the polls published so far indicate that none of the gubernatorial pair is able to collect 50%+1 votes, and so a two-round election scenario is more likely to happen. In the previous instalment of this series, I talked about what would happen if Ahok-Djarot were to go head-to-head against either Anies-Sandi or Agus-Sylvi. Now let’s talk about the scenario wherein Ahok-Djarot win the election but Ahok loses the trial and gets a jail sentence. Or worse, the scenario wherein Ahok-Djarot lose the trial and lose the election.

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2017 Political Outlook: Jakarta Gubernatorial Election (1)

The gubernatorial election in the capital city Jakarta will be the most interesting political event to watch early next year. The big question is, of course, who will win the election? Can the incumbent Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his running mate Vice Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat win the race despite the blasphemy trial, relentless pressure from hardline Muslim groups, and other allegations? If the pair loses the race to either Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno or Agus Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni, what will happen?

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Ahok versus Sumarsono

As we all know, Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is currently on leave. The man filling in his shoes is Soni Sumarsono, the acting governor of Jakarta. Nearly two months have gone by since Sumarsono began his duties as acting governor of the Capital City. And so far, we’ve seen just how much an acting governor like Sumarsono can do. Sumarsono has tweaked the budget, stopped projects, and is now planning to appoint and dismiss officials. Can active governors do such things and make such decisions?

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Jokowi’s India Visit

While domestic politics have been occupied with the trial of the Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Presiden Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is away on work visit abroad. The President visited India and is now in Iran for bilateral talks. From his India visit, the President managed to collect several noteworthy commitments.

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Ahok’s Ace?

The first trial of the incumbent Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian and Chinese-descent who’s being suspected of blasphemy. was conducted yesterday. The trial will continue next week on Dec. 20, 2016. So, what have we learned from Ahok’s first trial session? What can Ahok do in the next trial? What progress has there been in the investigation into this case?

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2016 Retrospective: A View Towards 2019

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has only been in office for a little over two years, and yet he’s faced endless row of maneuvering from his political backers and opposition. This year, in particular, has been a very eventful year for the President. He’s had to face the threat of treason, and he’s also been forced to evaluate his position in Indonesia’s Islamic political circuit. Challenges aside, the President should be grateful. The many crises he’s overseen should’ve helped him form a better picture of the stakeholders; who’s with him, who’s against him, and their motivations. This is important particularly with regards to the general election in 2019.

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On Ahok’s Blasphemy Case

The incumbent Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was named a suspect of blasphemy on November 16, 2016. A week later, the police finalized the docket of the case and transferred the documents to the North Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office. Within less than a week, the Prosecutor’s Office stated that the docket was complete and could thus be escalated to the stage of prosecution. The case was then registered at the North Jakarta District Court under case No. 1537/Pid.B/2016/PN JKT.UTR. The district court has appointed the Panel of Judges and set the date for the first hearing, but the police hesitates to determine the location of the trial.

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The Rally: Twist and Shout

Some were briefly worried when the crowded chanted ‘arrest Ahok, arrest Ahok’ when President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo concluding his short speech and leaving the stage of the rally Friday. While ‘arresting Ahok’ was the implicit message of the so-called ‘super peaceful rally’, participants left the event peacefully in the afternoon as agreed with the national police.

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Jakarta Gubernatorial Race & The Future of Beer Producer Delta Djakarta

So, Agus Yudhoyono, son of sixth president SBY and candidate of Jakarta governor, was ‘surprised’ to know that Jakarta government owns shares in beer producer PT Delta Djakarta Tbk (DLTA), which is majority owned by San Miguel (the Philippines F&B giant). He was asked about the shares when addressing the issue of alcoholic beverages in the capital city.

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Jakarta’s 2017 Election: Ahok’s Fate (3)

Today, Nov. 22, the incumbent Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama will be examined by the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim POLRI) as a suspect in a blasphemy case. The Bareskrim are aiming to wrap up Ahok’s examination and to complete the dossier on his case within the next three weeks, after which the dossier will be handed over to the Attorney General Office (AGO). So, if everything goes as scheduled, Ahok may face trial before Christmas.

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Go-Jek & Managing Expectations

Disappointed with response from management of PT Go-Jek Indonesia, hundreds of drivers staged a public rally at the city hall on Monday instead. They expected Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) mediating them with the management. This is the third major protest from drivers in three consecutive months.

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Nazaruddin & 2017 Simultaneous Regional Elections

Graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin, who is also a former Treasurer of SBY’s Democratic Party, has once more mentioned the big names that he believed was involved in the abuse of the electronic identity card (E-KTP) project. But Nazaruddin didn’t stop there. He also mentioned more allegations of graft in the construction of the Constitutional Court’s building involving a former Chief of the Constitutional Court (MK) Jimly Asshiddiqie, who is now the chairman of the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP). With 2017 simultaneous regional elections in the horizon, some would not be surprised to hear Nazaruddin speaking up more about other graft cases.

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