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More injured as shots, explosions heard in Ambon At least 13 people have been injured as gunfire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas -- Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Embattled Christians in Maluku fear return of Jihad fighters Christians in Indonesia's Maluku province and Christian campaigners abroad have reacted with alarm to reports that a disbanded Islamist militia may re-form and deploy to the troubled region amid a new outbreak of violence there. Indonesia's cabinet was meeting Thursday to discuss the violence. At least 36 people have been killed in the city of Ambon since Sunday, in the most serious deterioration there since thousands died between 1999 and 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police re-arrest Bashir, clash with supporters Indonesian police arrested Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir as a terror suspect on Friday as he walked out of jail after serving time for lesser charges while his supporters hurled rocks and firebombs at police. Bashir, accused head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, was released on Friday after 18 months in prison for immigration offences but was served with an arrest warrant and detained as he left the jail in central Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics say Ambon disaster provoked Religious leaders accused on Tuesday "third parties" of inciting the renewed violence in Ambon, Maluku province, and urged police to take firm action where necessary. Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian leaders from the Indonesian Committee for Religion and Peace said that "provocation" was the best explanation for the violence that had killed over 30 since Sunday. In the past few years people in Maluku have been wary of any signs of the violence that led to thousands being killed since 1999.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon tense after arson attacks, toll 36 Tension gripped the Indonesian city of Ambon on Wednesday after a church and homes were torched overnight, as the death toll from four days of clashes between Muslims and Christians rose to 36. A Protestant church in the district of Karang Panjang was burned late on Tuesday but there were no reports of deaths in the attack, officials said. National police spokesman Bashir Barmawi said the death toll since the outbreak of fighting on Sunday was 36, with 156 wounded.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Explosions, gunfire rock Ambon for fourth day Gunfire and explosions rocked this provincial capital on Wednesday, leaving at least eight wounded as Christians and Muslims clashed for a fourth day in Indonesia's Maluku islands. Shortly after dawn, unidentified assailants launched attacks in several districts of Ambon. Plumes of smokes could be seen rising from at least two locations, and gunfire rang out across the religiously-divided city for several hours.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Well don’t get scared or shocked after having a look at the pictures above because that’s not pics from Iraq, Somalia, Palestine or even Aceh. But from my most favorite military enthusiast club Code 4 where I myself am a member – a club that is very different from any sports club. A sport where one can almost feel the hardship, experience of a true fighting soldier in a fun simulated war situation.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prudential Life Indonesia to close The management of insurance company Prudential Life Assurance finally agreed to stop operation on Monday, bowing to a court's decision declaring its bankruptcy last week. The subsidiary of Prudential Assurance Co Ltd of Britain rejected the court's verdict on Friday and said it would continue to operate, but it changed its decision on Sunday after a series of meetings with its lawyers and the curator named by the Jakarta commercial court.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman shot dead in third day of unrest in Ambon A sniper shot dead a paramilitary policeman and injured another on Tuesday in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, where hundreds of police and troops have deployed to quell Muslim-Christian battles. A witness and a hospital doctor confirmed the death of First Private Lalu Safruddin, who arrived only on Monday when reinforcements were sent from Jakarta to the city in the Maluku islands.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deaths in Ambon hit 23, fresh clashes Fresh clashes erupted on Monday between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon and officials said the death toll from weekend violence had risen to 23. Early evening drizzle put out fires from buildings and houses torched by rampaging mobs in Ambon, once a scenic seaside town but which partly lies in ruins following years of sectarian violence.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deaths in Ambon hit 18, fresh clashes Fresh clashes erupted on Monday between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon and the interior minister said the death toll from weekend violence had risen to 18. Residents said they could hear sporadic gunfire across the Moluccas provincial capital as police and army reinforcements arrived in the city. It was not clear who was firing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blasts, shots and arson mark night in Ambon after killings Sporadic shooting, bombing and arson continued in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after an outbreak of Muslim-Christian violence killed at least 11 people and injured scores. The sound of blasts and shotgun fire could be heard Monday and dark smoke columns rose from various districts following deadly clashes the previous day, residents said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rushes reinforcements to Ambon Police reinforcements are being rushed to an area where 12 people have been killed in communal fighting on the island of Ambon in eastern Indonesia. The fighting between Christians and Muslims in Ambon City is the most significant threat to a peace accord that has held for more than two years and was reached after earlier fighting killed 5,000 people in the Maluku province.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






10 killed, church, UN office torched in Ambon A church and a UN office were torched and at least four people killed on Sunday as Muslim and Christian residents of the eastern Indonesia city of Ambon fought pitched street battles, witnesses and police said. Dozens of people were also injured as mobs rampaged through a majority Christian area of the provincial capital of the Moluccas province, witnesses said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 25 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 dead in landslide in Sumatra Indonesian police say at least 12 people were killed when a landslide buried a passenger bus in West Sumatra. A search was under way for 17 others thought to be trapped in the bus, which was on a mountain road near the border of West and North Sumatra.

Posted in Weather @ 24 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares for day of the generals DESPITE enduring 32 years of brutal military rule, Indonesia has not lost its respect for gold braid and epaulettes. Two of the three front-runners in the presidential race are former generals, and both served the monolithic New Order regime that finally crumbled in 1998. General Wiranto, chosen this week as the Golkar party's presidential candidate, was Indonesia's armed forces commander until 2000 and responsible for the military brutality in East Timor.

Posted in Elections @ 24 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 killed in Java landslide AT least 13 people were killed when a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried homes in a village in Indonesia's West Java province, police said today. The landslide hit Kidang Pananjung village near Bandung city late yesterday, said Master Sergeant Jamaluddin of the Cililin district police. "Initial reports we have received show that at least 13 people have been found dead and seven others were injured," Jamaluddin said.

Posted in Weather @ 22 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Wiranto runs for president The Golkar party of ex-dictator Suharto on Wednesday chose a former general indicted for rights abuses in East Timor as its presidential candidate in Indonesian elections in July. Gen. Wiranto, who rose through the army ranks to become military chief under Suharto, is seen as a force for change in the party and has tapped into the desire among some voters for a return to the former strongman's era, when the economy was prosperous and the country secure.

Posted in Elections @ 21 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono & Kalla team up for presidential election Indonesian presidential favorite Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has picked a respected cabinet member as his running mate for the July 5 election, officials said on Sunday, dealing a blow to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Social welfare minister Jusuf Kalla would partner Yudhoyono in the country's presidential election, said Akbar Tandjung, chairman of Golkar, the party of ousted autocrat Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 19 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS leader defends visiting Ba'asyir The head of an Indonesian Islamist party that did well in recent legislative polls said on Sunday he visited militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir in jail because the United States was intervening in the case. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid said he visited Ba'asyir at a Jakarta prison on Saturday because he believed the rule of law in Indonesia was not being respected.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quakes hit Bali & Bengkulu Two successive earthquakes measuring 6.0 and 5.0 on the Richter scale rattled Indonesia's Sumatra island and Bali overnight but there were no reports of damage or casualties, officials said Saturday. The first quake, measuring at 6.0 on the Richter scale, occurred at 9:21pm local time on Friday in Bengkulu province and caused panic among residents.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar widens lead over Megawati's party The leader of the party once led by Indonesian dictator Suharto claimed victory Wednesday in parliamentary elections that were a major setback to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. The Golkar party had 20.81 percent with about two-thirds the results counted from the April 5 vote. That's less than one percentage point ahead of Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, but ballots from Golkar's strongholds have yet to be counted and its lead is likely to increase.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police declare Bashir terror suspect Indonesian police have named Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a terror suspect and are focusing on possible links to the Bali blasts and his alleged leadership of an Al Qaeda-linked militant group, officials said on Friday. The 65-year-old Bashir is in jail for immigration offences and is due to be freed on April 30, but the latest legal moves would allow police to keep him under detention.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono strongest president candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla are the strongest candidates of the next Indonesian president and vice president, a survey showed Friday. According to a survey by Soegeng Sarjadi Syndicated, Yudhoyono was chosen by 43.56 percent of 5,000 respondents in 19 cities of 14 counties to be the next Indonesian president, incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri got 20.52 percent, Amien Rais got 11.78 percent, Akbar Tandjung got 7.5 percent and Wiranto got 5.28 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 16 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to issue APEC business travel card The government will issue the APEC business travel card for businesspeople and government officials handling trade schemes under the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), an official said on Thursday. "The travel card holders will get special immigration treatment when entering APEC member countries that also issue the card," said spokesman of the Directorate General for Immigration at theMinistry of Justice and Human Rights, Ade Endang Dahlan.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party claims victory in April voting Indonesia's Golkar Party, the ruling party under former President Suharto, claimed victory in Indonesia's elections. Golkar Chairman Akbar Tandjung said his party is set to oust President Megawati Soekarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar vows not yo repeat Suharto-era blunders The chairman of Indonesia's former ruling Golkar party has promised not to repeat the mistakes it made as former dictator, Suharto's political vehicle. Akbar Tandjung, who is also parliamentary speaker and a presidential-hopeful, insists that his party is committed to reform. The party has been using the economic stability of the Suharto-era as a ticket to garner more votes. As Indonesians go to the polls in legislative elections on Monday, April 5th, analysts are saying that voters are now concerned with electing a party that can bring about economic prosperity.

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from dengue fever reaches 632 A dengue fever outbreak in Indonesia appears to have peaked, though people are still being sickened by the virus that has already killed more than 600 people, health officials said Tuesday. Since January, the mosquito-borne virus has sickened 53,744 people and killed 632 people -- most of them on the country's main island of Java. But in the last month, the numbers have started to return to what authorities normally see during the rainy season which ends later this month.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 13 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dead candidate wins votes in Indonesia A candidate in last week's legislative elections in Indonesia won nearly 800 votes despite having died three months ago, poll officials said. "It's a bit ridiculous," said Andi Mappinawang, an election committee member in south Sulawesi province where the mix-up occurred. "Maybe the voters didn't know that he had died."

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crime TV 'too brutal' Indonesian police have been told to stop co-operating with the makers of "reality" TV crime programmes as they focus too much on police brutality. Police were also told they should stop taking TV journalists with them on operations, the Jakarta Post reported. It said police objected to being portrayed as violent and arrogant. A spokesman denied reporters were being banned from operations, saying: "We only ask the electronic media not to show brutality and obscene material."

Posted in Media @ 13 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's old party seems set for victory after polls The Golkar party of former dictator Suharto appears set for victory in Indonesia's general election, less than six years after Suharto was pressured into resigning. Golkar had 20.71 percent of the 82.4 million votes counted as of mid-morning, leaving President Megawati Sukarnoputri's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) trailing with 19.97 percent. "Golkar Party Returns" said a front-page headline in Kompas newspaper. The party, which backed Suharto's autocratic 32-year rule but which now claims to have reformed, leads in 23 of the 32 provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2004 dengue outbreak claims 632 victims A virulent outbreak of dengue fever has claimed 632 victims out of 53,744 reported cases so far this year which is still below the death toll from the mosquito-borne disease in 2003, health officials said on Monday. Last year there were 52,011 reported cases of dengue in Indonesia of whom 792 died, or a mortality rate of 1.5 percent, said Rita Kusriastuti, a dengue expert at the ministry of health. "The dengue outbreak this year should be pretty similar to last year's" said Kusriastuti.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 12 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50,000 phrases in KAMUS-online.com The affilated free online dictionary of KAMUS-online.com, today reported that is has reached the level of 50,000 searchable phrases in three different languages. The dictionary features translations from and to: Indonesian, English and Dutch and reaching this level makes it one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


19 parties reject election results Nineteen Indonesian political parties rejected the results of the April 5 parliamentary election, saying the process had been riddled with problems. "We have decided to reject the election results and demanded that they be cancelled," a spokesman for the group, Adnan Buyung Nasution, told a press conference after a meeting of representatives from the 19 parties. "There were too many cases of negligence and mistakes," Nasution said.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties call for electronic vote recount Indonesia's major parties contesting for the parliamentary election have asked for an electronic vote recount saying the process has been unfair, party officials said on Saturday. Counting has been underway since Monday when the world's fourth most populous nation held its legislative election, setting the stage for a July 5 presidential ballot. More than 43 percent votes have been counted out of eligible electorate at around 147 million.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P holds on to gain with almost half of the votes counted President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party maintained a slight edge over the chief rival Golkar Friday with nearly half the votes tallied from Indonesia's April 5 general election. However Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appeared to have suffered a big drop in support, winning 20.8 percent of 59.5 million votes tallied so far compared to the 34 percent it won in total in 1999. Golkar, the party which backed former dictator Suharto, was on 20 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No major changes allowed to Hotel Indonesia An official at the Jakarta Culture and Museum Agency says no proposal for the renovation of Hotel Indonesia has been submitted. The hotel, the management of which has been taken over by cigarette producer Djarum Group, is a heritage site. The head of the agency's supervision division, Candrian Attahiyyat, warned on Thursday that no renovation work should take place without the contractors meeting the rigid requirements set by the agency. "Changing the original structure and appearance of a building classified as an A-class heritage site like Hotel Indonesia is not allowed," he said.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO update on Dengue fever in Indonesia From 1 January to 4 April 2004 a total of 52,013, mainly hospitalized cases of dengue and 603 deaths have been registered with the Indonesian Ministry of Health. The overall case-fatality rate this year, particularly in Jakarta, has been lower than in previous years.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 09 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake damages houses in West Sumatra An earthquake damaged houses in Indonesia's West Sumatra on Friday morning, a seismologist said. The quake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck at 0855 am (0155 GMT) and was centred in the Mentawai Strait about 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Padang, the provincial capital, said Heru, of the meteorology and geophysics bureau. "In Padang it was felt quite strongly," Heru said, adding there were reports of cracked houses in the city.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party looking to form coalition Indonesia's ruling party says it is ready to form a coalition with its election rivals, as partial returns continue to show disappointing results for the party of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Her Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle holds a slim lead with fewer than one quarter of the votes counted from Monday's parliamentary election. But there are indications the party may lose seats and its status as the leading party in the assembly.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid alleges fraud in vote tally as concerns mount Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has alleged fraud in the computerided tally of election results and said 16 parties would meet to discuss whether to accept the outcome of Monday's poll. "There is widespread fraud," he said in an interview on local radio, citing the vote count and "various other" problems. "It's still a question whether the results of this election can be accepted," he said. Local newspapers on Thursday also reported concerns about possible fraud in the computerised tally.

Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President's party clings to lead in poll Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party was clinging on Thursday to a razor-thin lead over the former political vehicle of ex-strongman Suharto in vote-counting for a parliamentary election. More than 147 million people in the world's fourth most populous country were eligible to vote in Monday's election which sets the stage for a July 5 presidential ballot. Counting has proceeded slowly as returns trickle in from the vast archipelago.

Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jump in vote count boosts Megawati A spurt in votes counted in Indonesia's parliamentary elections on Wednesday put President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party neck-and-neck with the former political vehicle of ex-strongman Suharto. Earlier Golkar, Suharto's old party, had led the count. But the new totals still represented only 12 percent of the electorate, and opinion polls before the election as well as a scientific sampling of results afterwards suggest that Golkar will emerge on top when the count is done.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt opposes US deployment in Malacca Straits Indonesia has joined Malaysia in opposing a United States plan to deploy troops in the Malacca Straits, arguing that Indonesia and Malaysia were solely responsible for guarding one of the world's busiest waterways. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Marty Natalegawa said that a 1982 maritime convention clearly stipulated that Indonesia and Malaysia had the right to ensure security of navigation in the Malacca Straits.

Posted in Politics @ 07 April 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist party likely to be future force When a young Indonesian Islamist party put more than 100,000 members on the streets of Jakarta last year to protest at the impending U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, people started to take notice. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has caught the eye again during parliamentary elections this week, making strong gains that show it is an emerging power in Indonesian politics. But those gains came by shelving its conservative Muslim agenda in public and focusing on what irks Indonesians most -- graft, injustice and unemployment. Just what the party will do with its Islamist platform now remains an open question.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar claims poll victory as results filter in The Golkar party of fallen autocrat Suharto has declared victory in Monday's parliamentary polls in Indonesia after early official results and an independent count indicated that it narrowly beat the nationalist party of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Akbar Tandjung, Golkar's chairman, proclaimed victory and dismissed the possibility of a much-touted alliance with Mrs Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ahead of July 5 presidential polls, saying such a coalition was now "very difficult".

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vote drags on amid slow count Indonesia appears destined for weeks of post-election limbo as President Megawati Sukarnoputri met yesterday with senior party leaders and strategists to discuss what had gone wrong. Early figures from Monday’s poll showed Mrs Megawati had defied pundits and was clinging to a slender lead over the rival Golkar party founded by the former dictator Suharto. Forecasts had suggested Golkar would romp home. With only a fraction of ballots counted, Mrs Megawati’s Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had captured 19%, followed closely by Golkar with 15.4%.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's party loses ground in election President Megawati Sukarnoputri, whose party slumped in parliamentary elections on Monday, may have difficulty regaining the presidency in July, according to a national sample of returns released Tuesday. The findings of the vote sample organized by the National Democratic Institute, a Washington-based organization financed by the United States, showed her Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle in second place, behind Golkar, the party of the former dictator Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's party holds slim lead in Indonesia poll Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party clung to a slim lead on Tuesday following parliamentary elections, but with less than one percent of the vote counted, the race is wide open. Investors shrugged off the excruciatingly slow vote tally, as they pushed the Jakarta stock market up more than two percent in morning trade. Election observers said any reliable indication of the winner from the official count could take as long as a week.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's former party inches ahead in poll The former party of ousted Indonesian strongman Suharto was marginally ahead in vote counting Tuesday following elections, but with less than two percent of the ballots tallied the race was wide open. By early evening, with nearly two million votes counted, President Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), with 18.39 percent of the vote, was neck-and-neck with Golkar at 18.42 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Confusion clouds yesterdays polls Indonesians were voting in parliamentary elections yesterday in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Nearly 600,000 polling stations opened in stages across the three time zones of the world's most populous Muslim country amid tight security. The ballot has been billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small parties start strong in vote Elections for a new Parliament proceeded smoothly on Monday with early and unofficial counts from polling places here in the capital showing surprising strength for two small parties, including an Islamic party. But election experts warned that this trend was unlikely to hold in the vital rural areas where most voters live and where the two major secular parties have strongholds.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia counts votes after peaceful ballot Counting got underway in Indonesia on Monday after a smooth and peaceful voting earlier in the day. Voter turnout was high for the polls to elect parliamentarians across the country in a new legislative process under Indonesia's presidential system. Indonesians now have to elect national, provincial, regional and in some areas, municipal leaders. Among those who cast their ballots was Indonesia's former President Suharto whose public appearance attracted much attention.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tight for Indonesia polls Indonesians have begun voting in parliamentary elections in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened in stages across the world's most populous Muslim nation amid tight security in what is billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polls open for parliamentary elections Indonesians began voting in parliamentary elections Monday in a contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened at around 8 a.m. (7 p.m. EDT, Sunday), about one hour late, in the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura in eastern Indonesia. Polling stations had yet to open in some towns in the province, where demands for independence have simmered for decades. Officials were rushing to set up tents and ballot boxes in those areas.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 23 during protests ahead of elections in Makassar Police said they detained 23 demonstrators in South Sulawesi province Saturday during protests across the country ahead of Monday's general elections. The protesters in Makassar, the South Sulawesi capital, were demonstrating in front of the local elections commission office, provincial police spokesman Andi Nurmantahia told AFP by telephone. "They had no permission," he said, adding that intelligence officers were questioning 23 of the protesters.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's old party eyes first place in poll The former party of ousted autocrat Suharto is set to win the most votes in Indonesia's parliamentary elections on Monday as it taps a yearning for the stability and rapid economic growth of his long rule. Although opinion polls show Golkar, once Suharto's political vehicle, getting nowhere near an absolute majority, the result is likely to be a big blow to incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri and could dent her hopes of winning a second term later this year.

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In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

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Voter cards bought and sold openly Voter cards for the legislative election on April 5 have are being sold openly for up to Rp 250,000, a legislative candidate of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) and a loyalist of the Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) said here on Saturday. PKPB candidate Probosutedjo claimed he bought some voter cards from an unidentified seller. "At first I couldn't believe that the cards were being sold. But it turns out to be true after someone offered me 100 cards at price of Rp 50,000 each. I bought 10 cards just to prove it," he said showing the cards.

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Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

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Megawati signs regulation to delay vote in some areas Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has signed a regulation to delay voting in districts where ballot papers and other supplies have not arrived in time for Monday's general elections. The voting is expected to take place on schedule throughout most of the archipelago.

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Indonesia's old guard is eyeing a comeback in Monday's parliamentary elections, with nostalgia for the stability and economic growth of ousted autocrat Suharto's rule seen returning his former party to prominence. Around 90 percent of the 147 million eligible voters in the world's most populous Muslim nation are expected to take part in the election, billed as the biggest and most complex one-day vote the world has ever seen.

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Capsized boat off Papua kills 13 At least 13 people died and one isstill missing after a motorboat Wednesday overturned in a remote area of Indonesia's Papua province, state news agency Antara reported Friday. The ill-fated boat, with 30 passengers aboard, reportedly left a mangrove forest area in Urfasei, Waropen regency, west of Jayapura, for an undisclosed destination in the same regency when the boat capsized.

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12 killed in bus-train collision in South Sumatra A passenger bus collided with a train in the Indonesian province of South Sumatra early Thursday, leaving at least 12 people dead. The accident occurred in Baturaja town, some 800 km northwest of Jakarta, reported Detikcom online news service. "I was informed that 12 people were killed (in the accident)," Imron Safrizamhi, an employee of the train station in the provincial capital of Palembang, was quoted as saying.

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Indonesia looks set for a highly uncertain post-election period Two things are fairly certain about Indonesia's upcoming general election on Monday. The first is that the outcome of the poll remains uncertain; the second is that more political uncertainty is the last thing Indonesia's economy needs this year. Five years ago, Indonesia held it's first "free and fair" election in decades, with more than 90 percent of the electorate flocking to the polls in a celebratory mood to cast their votes for change after 32 years of dictatorial rule under former autocrat president Suharto.

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Election becomes family affair Indonesia's parliamentary election is largely a tale of two former strongmen and their daughters. As the April 5 election approaches, the three daughters of Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president, and one of ex-dictator Suharto are hoping to capitalize on their political pedigrees and on nostalgia for a past many Indonesians think was better than the current messy democracy. It shows the power of a famous face in a country where few parties have coherent political platforms or policies to deal with endemic corruption.

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Govt to deploy troops for poll Indonesia will deploy more than 21,000 soldiers in war-torn Aceh for national elections on Monday, amid warnings a free and fair vote in the separatist-minded province cannot take place under martial law. North Aceh military commander Lieutenant-Colonel Entang Sulaiman said areas of the province had been divided into zones classified as either safe, danger level one or danger level two.

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Election could be bad for Australia Churchill caught the complexity of democracy in his famous line about it being the worst way to choose a government, except for all the other ways. Indonesia will be demonstrating both sides of this aphorism over the next few months. The good news is that Indonesia is about to choose its next government through peaceful elections. The bad news is that the outcome is unlikely to be good, and could be quite bad - for Indonesia and for ourselves. Australia's security depends on an Indonesia that is stable, prosperous, cohesive and democratic. It seems our chances of getting all four are slim.

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Local phone rates to rise by up to 28% Independent experts criticized on Wednesday the government's decision to allow the country's fixed-line operators to raise local telephone rates by up to 28 percent. Sudaryatmo of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) said "the government is not sensitive enough to realize that the phone rates hike will simply be another burden on the public." "The government should first carry out a study into the public's capability to pay the higher rates in relation to their incomes, before allowing the phone rate hike," he told The Jakarta Post.

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