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House approves Budi Gunawan as police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session here Thursday approved Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as the Indonesian Police Chief to replace General Sutarman after the House leaders met with heads of all factions.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2015 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto`s daughter inaugurated as MP Former president Soehartos daughter Siti Hediati Haryadi or Titi Soeharto was among the new members of parliament to be inaugurated for the 2014-2019 term here on Wednesday. Titi Soeharto, a member of the Golkar Party, was elected as a House of Representatives (DPR) member in the legislative elections held on April 9.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New DPR and DPD members officially sworn in The official swearing-in of the new members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), who won the 2014 elections, took place here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agung Laksono hopes Prabowo will concede defeat A senior minister has urged Prabowo Subianto to accept the decision of the General Elections Commission (KPU) to name the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair as the winner of the presidential election held on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 23 July 2014 19:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Permanent coalition declared to back Prabowo-Hatta A number of political parties supporting the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa pair in the July 9 presidential election have declared a permanent coalition here on Monday to show their commitment to building a solid unity in parliament.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2014 21:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Election Commision reschedules presidential debate The General Elections Commission (KPU) has amended the schedule of next Sundays vice presidential debate from 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. after the Muslims evening "Taraweh" prayers, stated KPU Commissioner Sigit Pamungkas.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta, Jokowi-JK gaining balanced support The Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK) presidential candidate pairs are still gaining balanced public support, noted a survey institute director.

Posted in Elections @ 12 June 2014 20:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo visits Soeharto`s cemetery Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Sunday visited former president Soehartos cemetery in Karanganyar, Central Java, on Sunday. He visited Soehartos grave at the Astana Giribangun cemetery in Matesih in concurrence with the anniversary of the former presidents death.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2014 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for cabinet meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono calls for a cabinet meeting here on Wednesday to remind ministers to continue their work until the end of their service time next October 2014, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.

Posted in Polio @ 04 June 2014 10:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'60 percent of Golkar cadres support Jusuf Kalla' A senior politician from the Golkar Party, Fahmi Idris, is predicting that 60 percent of the party cadres will support Jusuf Kalla in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 31 May 2014 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi using unpaid volunteers to campaign for him Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo alias Jokowi, as he is popularly called, claimed he is using unpaid volunteers to support his bid for president in the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 30 May 2014 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo names Mahfud MD success team chairman Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked former Constitutional Court chairman Mahfud MD to be the chairman of his presidential elections success team.

Posted in Elections @ 21 May 2014 08:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie fails to lead Golkar: Party member Aburizal Bakrie has failed to lead the party to win the election and form a coalition with another party to face the upcoming presidential election, noted Golkar Party member Ais Anantama Said.

Posted in Politics @ 20 May 2014 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party supports Prabowo as presidential candidate Golkar Party, the runner up in the April 9 legislative elections, finally declared its support for Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa as the presidential and vice presidential candidates on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 May 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi-Kalla pair register with election commission Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and M. Jusuf Kalla registered themselves at the General Election Commission (KPU) soon after they formally declared themselves as the presidential and vice presidential candidates on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 May 2014 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Analyst: 'Kalla perfect running mate for Jokowi' Former vice president M. Jusuf Kalla is the perfect vice presidential candidate for Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who is running for president in the presidential election held next July 9, political analyst from Pelita Harapan University Embrus Sihombing said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2014 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'VP candidate must be chosen carefully' The presidential candidate for the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that care must be taken when deciding on a vice presidential candidate because it is about the fate of the nation and state.

Posted in Politics @ 21 April 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal congratulates Megawati over quick count results Golkar Party Chairman Aburizal Bakrie congratulated Megawati Soekarnoputri over the results of quick vote counts that put her Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) as the winner of the legislative elections on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 21:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP leads preliminary result of LSI quick count The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) led the preliminary result of a quick vote count by the Jakarta-based pollster, the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI), in the parliamentary election on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s citizens in U.S. cast votes on Saturday Indonesian citizens living in the United States (U.S.), along with the Indonesian Ambassador, Budi Bowoleksono and his wife Reshanty Bowoleksono cast votes on Saturday (April 5) for legislative general elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar commit largest number of money politics Golkar party committed the largest number of money politics during the political campaigns ahead of the legislative election on April 9, the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Lapindo has to compensate Sidoarjo disaster' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has reminded PT Lapindo Brantas of compensation that has to be settled with the victim of gas mud in Sidoarjo, East Java. The Constitutional Court recently ruled that Lapindo, not the state, is responsible for paying the compensation for the victims of the disaster several years earlier, Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 April 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants small group in political coalition Presidential candidate from Indonesian democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that he wanted a small group of party coalition if he gets elected as Indonesian president.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 15:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo Subianto hopes to become president The chief patron of Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto, has said that he is optimistic about winning the presidential election on July 9. "(I am) very optimistic," he told newsmen after attending a campaign rally at Krida Nusantara field in Cilacap, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbak Tutut campaigns for Golkar Siti Hardiyanti, popularly known as Mbak Tutut, has decided to campaign for Golkar Party and has officially registered her name with the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi begins PDIP campaign in Jakarta The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) began its first-day campaign in Jakarta by sending its presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to a number of historic places in the capital city.

Posted in Elections @ 16 March 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body questions brother-in-law of suspended governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Tubagus Haerul Jaman, the younger brother-in-law of the suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, in an alleged bribery case in a regional head election dispute in Banten province.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Former minister of forestry MS Kaban here, Thursday, was questioned as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with the corruption case of Integrated Radio Communication System (SKRT) project in his ministry in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 February 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief justice Akil Mochtar to hear charges at court Former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar will hear charges during the first day of his trial scheduled to take place here on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests corruption fugitive Anggoro Widjojo KPK, Indonesias anti-graft agency, has arrested its long-wanted corruption suspect, Anggoro Widjojo, in China.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2014 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK raids South Tangerang mayor house The investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) raided the house of South Tangerang mayor, Airin Rachmi Diany, in Alam Sutera, Serpong, on Monday. The investigators arrived in a mini-bus at her house at around 12 p.m.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 January 2014 19:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former law minister to be Nazaruddin`s legal adviser The former law minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra has expressed interest to become the legal adviser to the former ruling Democrat Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin, who is currently serving a jail term on charges of corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former MP charged of acting as go-between in bribery case A former parliamentary member from Golkar Party, Chairun Nisa, has been charged of acting as a go-between in the high profile corruption case involving former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2014 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agung: 'Atut case will not significantly affect Golkar' Golkar Party Deputy Chairman Agung Laksono said the corruption case which involved Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah would not significantly affect Golkar. "It may have effect, but it will only take place on the regional level in Banten," Agung said, on the sidelines of the commemoration of National Social Solidarity Day here on Saturday.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 December 2013 20:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK names Banten governor as suspect in 2 corruption cases The Governor of Banten province Ratu Atut Chosiyah has been named as a suspect in two corruption cases that are currently being investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), KPKs Chairman Abraham Samad said on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 December 2013 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal not to withdraw from party`s presidential nomination The general chairman of the Golkar Party, Indonesias second-largest party, Aburizal Bakrie, said here on Friday that he will not withdraw from his party's nomination as a presidential candidate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar removes Chairun Nisa following arrest Golkar on Tuesday announced it has removed Chairun Nisa as a member of the House of Representatives following her arrest earlier this month for allegedly bribing Constitutional Court Chief Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK adds graft charges for suspended chief justice The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has added an additional charge of graft to the charges pending against Akil Mochtar, the suspended chief justice who KPK recently named as a suspect in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 October 2013 20:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut meets KPK`s summons Governor of Banten Province Ratu Atut Chosiyah arrived at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building here on Friday in response to the agency`s summons to testify over a local election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills Lebak district head candidate The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has grilled Lebak district head candidate Amir Hamzah in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case implicating non-active Constitutional Court Chief Judge Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 October 2013 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK searches office of Ratu Atut`s brother The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has searched the office of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah`s younger brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Akil Mochtar tested negative for narcotic drug consumption Former Constitution Court chief justice Akil Mochtar has been tested negative for narcotic drugs consumption by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN). "The results of tests conducted on AM`s urine and hair are all negative," BNN spokesman Senior Commissioner Sumirat Dwiyanto revealed at a press conference on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 October 2013 15:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK names chief justice suspect in bribery case Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar was formally named as a suspect on Thursday in a bribery case linked with a dispute over the election of Central Kalimantan`s Gunung Mas district head.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 October 2013 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'PDIP wins 2014 elections with Jokowi' The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) analyst Ikrar Nusabhakti predicts the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) will sweep both legislative and presidential 2014 General Elections, if it carries Joko Widodo as a presidential candidate.

Posted in Politics @ 02 September 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State lost Rp6 trillion due to corruption in 11 projects Corruption convict and former Democrat Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has said corrupt practices in 11 government projects have caused the state losses of Rp6 trillion.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 August 2013 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House plenary enacts bill on revised budget into law The House of Representatives finally enacted the Bill on the 2013 Revised State Budget into law through a voting mechanism in its plenary session here on Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President leads coalition meeting over draft of state budget President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a closed-door meeting with leaders of government coalition parties on Tuesday night to discuss recent economic developments as part of efforts to save the draft revision of the 2013 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2013 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator and son facing jail term in Koran graft case The prosecutor on Monday asked the Jakarta Corruption Court to punish with imprisonment a legislator and his son charged with extortion and graft in the procurement of computer laboratory and the Koran, the Islamic holy book.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 May 2013 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest five suspects over Palopo violence Police have arrested five suspects in connection with recent local election-related violence in Palopo, South Sulawesi, in which several government offices have been burned.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2013 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Violence should have been prevented, president says A number of anarchic acts, including the latest one in Palopo, South Sulawesi, should have been prevented, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Monday."The latest violent act in Palopo is due to the absence of preventive measure," the president said at a limited meeting on political, security and legal issues at his office.

Posted in Violence @ 01 April 2013 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions four lawmakers linked to simulator graft case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is questioning four lawmakers as witnesses in the driving license simulator graft case with suspect police Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 February 2013 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto denies any deal made with Hary Tanoe The General Chairman of Hanura Party, Wiranto, said here on Monday that there had not been any political deals made with regard to Hary Tanoe`s joining his party. "There has not been any deal made. It all came out of a common view towards Indonesia`s future," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2013 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body postpones questioning of finance minister The planned questioning as witness of Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo on Tuesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Hambalang Sports Complex Development (P3SON) scandal has been postponed.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons four lawmakers over Hambalang scandal The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned for questioning as witnesses on Monday four legislators over an alleged corruption case on the development of the Hambalang National Sports Complex project (P3SON).

Posted in Corruption @ 11 February 2013 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials of Religious Affairs banned from leaving Indonesia The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has banned two senior officials of the religious affairs ministry over alleged corruption in the ministry .

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2013 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto to run for president in 2014 Indonesia`s retired army general, Wiranto, will run for president in 2014. "I am ready to run for president in 2014," said the general chairman of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura) on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan said he was not afraid State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said that he was not afraid and would tell more names of legislators that have allegedly extorted state-owned companies. "Tomorrow I will submit more names and cases in writing to the House of Representatives` (DPR) Ethics Council (BK)," he said here on Tuesday after a ministry leadership meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 06 November 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan warned against being too outspoken Outspoken minister for state enterprises Dahlan Iskan, who triggered an uproar by saying lawmakers seeking to extort money from state companies has been warned to be more cautious in making statements.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2012 17:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foke congratulates Jokowi on Jakarta gubernatorial elections win Incumbent Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo (Foke) congratulated Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on his victory in the gubernatorial elections on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono resigns from Golkar party Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of Yogyakarta who is also the governor of the special region in central Java has resigned from Golkar Party. "I have reported my resignation to Golkar Party general chairman Aburizal Bakrie. This is done as a follow up of the passage of the bill of the region`s special status," he said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2012 23:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another politician detained by anti-graft agency One more politician has been detained by anti-graft agency KPK for interrogation in connection with a graft case involving a project to purchase Koran books for the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono X to resign from Golkar party Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X expressed his readiness to resign from Golkar party following the passage of the bill on the administration of Yogyakarta special region here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakri`s presidential candidacy not yet final A leader of the Golkar Party said the presidential candidacy of the party`s general chairman Aburizal Bakrie is not yet final.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2012 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono was questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as a witness in connection with alleged corruption in the National Games project in Riau here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 July 2012 12:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Senior minister fails to meet KPK`s summons Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono failed to show up at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday to testify to a bribery case surrounding a National Sports Week (PON) project in Riau province.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 July 2012 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian parliament to decide on fuel price hike The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) is scheduled to decide on the controversial proposed fuel price hike during a Friday plenary meeting. This was announced following a meeting between the government and the DPR's Budget Committee here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 March 2012 09:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar Party: 'It's not necessary to increase fuel prices' Golkar Party expressed its stance, saying that it is not necessary to raise the subsidized fuel oil prices as planned by the government and expected to be effective on April 1, 2012.

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2012 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie reports Ramadhan Pohan to police Golkar Party leader Aburizal Bakrie has reported Democrat Party (PD) politician Ramadhan Pohan to the police for alleged defamation. A lawyer of Bakrie, Rudy Alfonso, said the lawyers` team he was heading was certain the report would lead to a case in court.

Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2012 07:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House factions differ on gasoline restriction plan Several political party factions in the House of Representatives (DPR) differ with regard to the government`s plan to restrict consumption of subsidized gasoline.

Posted in Politics @ 26 January 2012 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party invites opposition Gerindra to join coalition Indonesia's ruling Democrat Party on Thursday invited the opposition Gerindra party to join the government coalition, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2011 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Ahmadis should live on isolated island' This weeks ten points for mutual understanding go to H.M. Busro, who is a legislator in the House or Representatives and also a member of the 8th Commission. During a meeting with Ahmadiyah members over the recent and violent attack on it's members he said that Ahmadiyah could best be put on an island together, somewhere in Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2011 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains 19 suspects in traveler check scam One by one, politicians considered bribery suspects were taken into custody by the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK). KPK deputy chairman Haryono Umar confirmed Friday the commission had decided to detain the suspects who allegedly received bribes in connection with the election of a Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor in 2004.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 January 2011 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus admits to receiving $3 million from Bakrie companies Former junior tax officer Gayus Halomoan Tambunan, a key player in an alleged legal mafia and tax mafia, confirmed on Tuesday that he had received Rp 28 billion (2.3 million euro) from three companies controlled by the family of Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 September 2010 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java. Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 May 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie forgets his own mess and talks Century Aburizal Bakrie seems to be very eager to move on and leave his own muddy 'history' behind him. The chairman of the Golkar Party has said that the scandal around Bank Century should be completely clear for the public. He seems to forget that his own mud flow near Sidoarjo is covering up large parts of that district for almost four years now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2nd United Indonesia Cabinet unveiled President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet last evening. There are 34 ministers, most of them are politicians from his coalition parties. Six ministers were from his own Democratic Party, including the important minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie elected as Golkar chairman The Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, has been elected chairman of the Golkar Party early on Thursday, paving the way for the much-anticipated alliance with the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Aburizal secured 296 votes, while his closest rival, Surya Paloh only received 240.

Posted in Politics @ 08 October 2009 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's Democrat Party wins Indonesia's election The ruling Democrat Party led by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won the republic’s legislative election, winning 148 seats. The final results of the April 9 election, announced by the election commission last night, showed that the Democrat controlled 26.43% of the 560-seat parliament.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2009 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big political coalition to challenge Yudhoyono Indonesia's five big parties declared a big coalition on Friday to challenge current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party in the upcoming presidential elections. The parties involved in the coalition are the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Golkar Party, Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra), People Conscience Party (Hanura) and the Unity and Development Party (PPP). Six other smaller parties were also involved in the coalition.

Posted in Politics @ 01 May 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party vows to win legislative elections The General Chairman of Indonesia's Golkar Party, Jusuf Kalla, said for the first time that his party should appear as the winner in the forthcoming legislative general elections. "Do we want to have presidential candidate from Golkar? Therefore we should have a big capital by winning the legislative general election with a majority vote exceeding other political parties," said Kalla during a get-together with his cadres in Tanjungkarang, Lampung, on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to run for re-election in 2009 Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a former general, said he would run for a second term in the 2009 presidential election so that he could continue his reforms, a move that was widely expected. Yudhoyono, who was elected in 2004 in Indonesia's first direct elections for the presidency, also indicated he would probably run again with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Posted in Politics @ 29 September 2008 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President announces cabinet reshuffle President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a cabinet reshuffle for six positions of ministers, while Attorney General Abdurahman Saleh was replaced by Hendarman Supandji, chairman of the Corruption Eradication Team. The President said that under his authority he conducted the reshuffle in an effort to improve the performance of the cabinet.

Posted in Politics @ 07 May 2007 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusdur leaves for Tuban after mass riot Chief patron of the National Awakening Party (PKB), Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid was scheduled to leave for Tuban district, East Java, on Sunday following the mass riots broke out in the district after the direct election of the district head on Thursday. "Yes, he will leave for Surabaya today and proceed to Sidoarjo district for having dialogue with labors in the Sidoarjo`s sport-hall, after that he will visit Jombang district and will end his trip in Tuban district," chairman of East Java chapter of PKB, Imam Nahrawi said here on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2006 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Barnabas Suebu named Papua governor Barnabas Suebu was officially named the winner of Papua's direct gubernatorial election following a 10-hour plenary session of the provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD) on Monday. In the March 10 election, former governor Barnabas and his running mate, Golkar Party legislator Alexander Hessegem, garnered 354,763 of the over 1.1 million valid votes. Over 17,000 votes were declared invalid and thrown out.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big factions want porn bill changed The two largest factions in the House of Representatives are expected to push for major changes to the pornography bill currently being deliberated, as the controversy over the issue continues to grow. The Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) occupy 128 and 109 seats respectively in the 550-seat House.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boediono takes on economy President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday aimed at boosting his government's economic performance against a background of high inflation and unemployment. The changes to the one-year-old Cabinet saw Boediono, a former finance minister in the administration of President Megawati Soekarnoputri, take over the coordinating minister for the economy post, replacing Aburizal Bakrie, who was given a new assignment as the coordinating minister for people's welfare.

Posted in Politics @ 06 December 2005 17:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media freedom under attack as newsmen jailed Media freedom in Indonesia is on the brink of ruin, with two senior journalists in Lampung being sentenced to nine months in jail for defamation. The verdicts on Wednesday are hurtful to democracy, moreover coming on the heels of government efforts to produce a new Criminal Code that will be detrimental to freedom of expression, a legal expert commented.

Posted in Media @ 06 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia at odds over fuel price INDONESIA'S parliament today placed itself on a collision course with the country's president, urging him to review a controversial fuel price hike that has sparked nationwide protests.

Posted in Economy @ 21 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta floods force minister to take ojek Torrential rainfall flooded parts of Jakarta early Wednesday (19/1/05), causing severe traffic congestion that forced Manpower and Transmigration Minister Fahmi Idris to take an ojek (motorbike taxi) to work. Idris left his house near Jalan Warung Buncit, South Jakarta, in his chauffeur-driven Volvo limousine supplied by the state, but the vehicle soon became trapped in the gridlock in the floodwaters. The minister then exited his stationary vehicle and hailed an ojek to take him to a meeting at the vice presidential office, detikcom online news portal reported. The ride on the Suzuki Thunder motorbike reportedly cost the minister Rp50,000 ($5.45) – well above the usual fare for such a journey.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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