Category: Politics

The 2024 Race Comes Too Soon (4)

We are three years away from 2024, but political parties have already scrambled to endorse its potential presidential candidate and explore the formation of a coalition. Gerindra, for example, has asked its party chairman Prabowo Subianto to run for presidency once more in 2024. The Chairman of the Democratic Party Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), meanwhile, met with the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan.

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Megawati & the New BRIN

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expanded the authority and the organization of the National Research & Innovation Body (BRIN) with the signing of the Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 33/2o21. The Perpress also officiated the appointment of the Chairperson of the ruling party PDIP Megawati Soekarnoputri, in her capacity as the chairman of the State Agency for Pancasila Education’s (BPIP) advisory council, as the supervisor of BRIN. It has attracted a wave of criticisms.

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Pressure on the Military Commander

Some politicians in the House of Representatives (DPR) recently asked the Commander of the Indonesian Military (Panglima TNI) Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto to resign following the incident involving the Nanggala-402 submarine. One wonders if it is a political maneuver with the intention to push President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo toward accelerating the TNI leadership succession.

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The End of the Democratic Party’s Conflict?

On Tuesday (May 4), the District Court of Central Jakarta (PN Jakpus) decided to abort a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party led by Moeldoko against the other Democratic Party led by Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), the son of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). In a different lawsuit involving the said two warring factions, the PN Jakpus suggested both sides to hold a mediation to settle the issue peacefully by consensus.

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AHY and Puan Still Insignificant

According to Indikator Politik Indonesia (IPI) and Litbang Kompas, the electability of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY)—the son of the sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)—and Puan Maharani—the daughter of the fifth President Megawati Soekarnoputri—have remained insignificant. Like other polling agencies, both Indikator and Litbang Kompas also found Ganjar Pranowo, Anies Baswedan and Prabowo Subianto in the top three of potential presidential candidates for 2024.

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A New Lawsuit Against Jokowi

A group of people called Tim Pembela Ulama and Activist or the Ulema and Activist Defender Team (TPUA) filed a lawsuit against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the District Court of Central Jakarta (PN Jakpus). The TPUA is led by lawyer/activist Eggi Sudjana.

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Prabowo, PAL CEO & Submarine Development Project

Kaharuddin Djenod Daeng Manyambeang, the new CEO of the state-owned shipbuilding company PT PAL, revealed his close relationship with the Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto, who is also the chairman of Gerindra Party. Kaharuddin said that he had proposed to Prabowo the development of an artificial-intelligence-controlled (AI) submarine, which is a part of his so-called maritime defense concept of “Pagar Nusantara”.

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PAN vs Amien’s New Political Party

It didn’t take long for politicians from the National Mandate Party (PAN) to get involved in a public spat with the Ummat Party, a new political party established by former PAN founder Amien Rais. Politicians from both sides began criticizing each other only a day after Amien launched his new political party. Many believe that the tension between the two warring parties will continue to increase.

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Ganjar Leads the Poll (3)

Polling agency New Indonesia Research & Consulting released the result of its electability survey over the weekend. The Agency found the Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo, who is also a politician from the ruling party PDIP, leading the poll. In stark contrast, the electability of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan shows a decline.

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Jokowi, Prabowo & Military Procurement

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited East Java on Thursday (April 29). He met with the families of the late crew members of the Nanggala-402 submarine. A day before, Jokowi held a closed limited cabinet meeting with the Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto on the modernization of the country’s primary weapons system (Alutsista).

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Amien’s New Political Party (7)

Amien Rais, who has separated from the National Mandate Party (PAN), finally launched his new political party, the Ummat Party, on Thursday (April 29). His son-in-law Ridho Rahmadi serves as party chairman. Looking at the lineup of the Ummah Party, many doubt that it would be able to enter the legislative election in 2024.

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