Category: Politics

More Internal Friction within Democratic Party

The leaders of the Democratic Party from 16 branches in South Sulawesi have expressed disappointment with the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), who is also the eldest son of the sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). Said leaders rejected AHY’s decision to appoint Ni’matullah as the chairman of the Democratic Party’s South Sulawesi provincial chapter. It’s yet another challenge to AHY’s leadership.

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Acting Governor of Jakarta (2)

Police Inspector General (Insp. Gen.) Muhammad Fadil Imran, the chief of the Metro Jaya Police, has been mentioned as another acting governor of Jakarta candidate to replace Anies Baswedan, who will end his term in October 2022. Mohamad Taufik, one of the deputy speakers of the Jakarta city legislative council (DPRD DKI), mentioned Muhammad Fadil Imran’s name. Taufik is a senior politician from the Gerindra Party, a political party led by the Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto.

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Cabinet Reshuffle Soon?

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has only two more years in office until October 2024. With only two years left in office and the cabinet’s members seems busier with the 2024 race than focus on their jobs, will we see the President make changes to his cabinet soon?

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The Golkar Axis: Implications?

There is no guarantee that the coalition of the Golkar Party with PPP and PAN will last until the 2024 elections. Golkar’s coalition could make the other political parties scramble to establish new coalitions as early as possible. Three or even four coalitions of political parties might then compete in the 2024 presidential race.

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Anies’ Latest Move

The Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, has on Tuesday (May 17), posted on his Instagram a picture of him giving a general lecture at the Oxford University, United Kingdom (UK). In the said general lecture, Anies said he talked about the achievement of Jakarta in transforming the city’s public transportation. But transforming public transportation is not his doing.

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Acting Governor of Jakarta

More and more support is flowing to the Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Heru Budi Hartono, known as one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s closest aides. Heru has been mentioned as a legitimate candidate to become the acting governor of Jakarta. Heru responded to the said support humbly.

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AHY vs. Soekarwo (2)

Bayu Airlangga, the son-in-law of former East Java Governor Soekarwo, decides to resign from the Democratic Party. With this development, we can say that the friction between the Soekarwo family with the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), who is also the eldest son of the sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), will continue. Will it hurt AHY and his Democratic Party in the 2024 elections?

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The Golkar Axis: Will It Last?

The Golkar Party forms a coalition with the United Development Party (PPP) and the National Mandate Party (PAN) for the 2024 presidential election. It is the first official coalition of political parties for the 2024 race. But some said it seems too early to form a coalition. So, will it last until 2024?

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AHY’s Latest Move

Like the other aspiring presidential candidates, the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), is also busy with his courtesy visits using the momentum of the Eid-al-Fitr holiday. AHY, who is also the eldest son of the sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), met with, among others, the ex-members of his father’s ruling coalition.

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Business Groups & 2024 Race: Adaro

Major business groups like Adaro, Artha Graha, Bakrie, Djarum, Lippo, Mayapada, Sinarmas, Salim, and more are key financiers in Indonesian politics. It’ll be interesting to see where these business groups put their support in the 2024 presidential race, with only a year left before the opening of the registration of presidential pairs in September 2023. Let’s start with Adaro.

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The Acting Regional Heads (6)

In the previous installment of this series, we talked about the Acting Governor of Bangka Belitung (Babel), Ridwan Djamaluddin. He is known close to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime & Investment Affairs General (ret) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. This article covers the four other acting governors that will be sworn in today (May 12).

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The Acting Regional Heads (5)

Today, May 12, the five acting governors will be sworn in to replace the governors of five provinces that end their terms. One of them is the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (ESDM), Director General for Minerals and Coal (Minerba) Ridwan Djamaluddin, who is known close to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime & Investment Affairs General (ret) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

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