Category: Politics

Ex-KPK Officials & Their Political Agenda

Some former officials of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have expressed interest in establishing a new political party. The said former KPK officials are those who were recently dismissed for having failed to pass the civic knowledge test (TWK). If they really establish a new political party, one wonders who will be their financier(s) and who they will endorse in the 2024 race.

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Major Obstacles in Airlangga’s 2024 Bid

It’s not a secret that the Chairman of Golkar Party Airlangga Hartarto wants to run in the 2024 presidential race. We can understand why. Golkar is the second largest political party in the country. The Golkar Party stated that it only needed the backing of one political party to provide a ticket for Airlangga. The problem is that Airlangga’s electability remains insignificant.

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Cabinet Reshuffle: Possibilities (2)

Debates rage surrounding the new role of the fifth President Megawati Soekarnoputri, who is also the chairperson of the ruling party PDIP, as the chief supervisor of the National Research & Innovation Body (BRIN). The controversy aside, some see Megawati’s appointment as a hint of the possible change(s) to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s cabinet.

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Another Role for Megawati

Today (Oct. 13), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will take the oath of the fifth President Megawati Soekarnoputri, who is also the chairperson of the ruling party PDIP, as the chief supervisor of the National Research & Innovation Body (BRIN). BRIN, as we all know, has a strategic role in the country’s development of research & technology, including in the military primary weapon system (alutsista) and the development of vaccines.

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Ganjar vs Puan (4)

The tension continues to flare between the supporters of Puan Maharani and the supporters of Ganjar Pranowo. One can understand why since a presidential ticket from the Ruling Party is at stake. That said, internal conflict is not good for PDIP ahead of the 2024 simultaneous presidential, legislative, and regional elections.

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Andika Perkasa’s Future (2)

The State Secretary Minister Pratikno, who is known as one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s trusted aides, met with the Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) General Andika Perkasa at the Army headquarters on Monday (Oct. 11). The meeting spiced up the speculation surrounding the succession of the military commandership (Panglima TNI). Some see it as another signal that Andika will become Hadi Tjahjanto’s successor. But in light of the upcoming cabinet reshuffle, Andika could get another strategic position in the cabinet instead.

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NU’s Chairmanship Race

The Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia, will hold its Muktamar (chairmanship congress) in Lampung on Dec. 23-25, 2021. The Chairman of the PBNU Said Aqil Siradj is seeking a third term in the said congress, but many in NU want Said Aqil to pave way to the younger generation instead.

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Prabowo’s 2024 Bid

The Secretary General of Gerindra Party Ahmad Muzani has again stated that his party chairman Prabowo Subianto will likely run in the 2024 presidential race. Ahmad Muzani, who is also the deputy speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), made the said statement in a regional meeting of Gerindra Party’s South Sulawesi provincial chapter on Sunday (Oct. 10). 

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Jokowi Meets with Kalla

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with former Vice President (VP) Jusuf Kalla over the weekend while visiting Yogyakarta. The President is reportedly going to meet with the former Golkar chairman again.

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Nasdem’s Presidential Convention (2)

The Nasdem Party, a political party led by media mogul Surya Paloh, is looking to have popular governors and other potential figures participating in its  presidential convention next year. Through the said convention, Nasdem is looking for its presidential candidate for the 2024 race. But other parties had explored the same convention format before, and it didn’t end well.

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Survey: Ganjar Rising, Puan Still Insignificant

A new survey from the Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) found the electability of Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo continuing to rise and match Prabowo Subianto’s. In a stark contrast to Ganjar, SMRC found the electability of the House Speaker Puan Maharani remaining insignificant. Ganjar and Puan are competing to secure a ticket from the ruling party PDIP to run in the 2024 presidential race.

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