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Jokowi wins presidential elections The Indonesian elections commission on Tuesday night officially proclaimed Joko Widodo the winner of the most bitterly fought and closest-run presidential election in the country’s history.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 16:38 CET by Jeroen · 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


Survey: 'Jokowi's electability remains at the top' The electability ratings of Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as president still tops the list at 31.8 percent, according to a recent survey conducted by Pusat Data Bersatu (PDB) "As vice president, his electability is also high at 14.5 percent," PDB researcher Agus Herta noted while presenting the survey results here on Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 22 February 2014 00:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief justice calls to end political oligarchy Former constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD has called on the people to put an end to political oligarchy, which has so far dominated governance and is not good for a democracy.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Islamic parties have no strong figure to unite them' A researcher has noted that Islamic parties in Indonesia have no strong figure to nominate as a presidential candidate, which is hampering coalition efforts.

Posted in Politics @ 25 November 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mahfud MD confirms he will run for president Former Constitutional Court chief justice Mahfud MD has confirmed that he will run for president in 2014. In a meeting with Madureses younger generation here on Friday evening, he said he would no longer hide his intention to run for president.

Posted in Politics @ 16 November 2013 17:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Constitutional Court prepared to handle election disputes Constitutional Court (MK) Chief Justice M. Akil Mochtar met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday to inform him of the court`s preparedness to face the 2014 legislative and presidential elections.

Posted in Elections @ 04 June 2013 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three death row convicts executed on Nusanambangan Island The Attorney General's Office (AGO) officially announced it had executed three death convicts at Nusakambangan Penitentiary, Cilacap, Central Java, at the wee hours on Friday. "They have been executed," Junior Attorney General for General Crime Affairs (Jampidum) Mahfud Manan told Antara here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 17 May 2013 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People must be careful in choosing leader The people must be careful in choosing a state leader in 2014 elections because it will be very decisive in shaping the fate of the country in the future, noted figure Mahfud MD said.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2013 16:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Edhie Baskoro resigns from legislature Secretary General of the Democratic Party (PD) Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono has resigned from the House of Representatives (DPR), because he wanted to focus on working for his party.

Posted in Politics @ 14 February 2013 18:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chairman: 'Human rights violations by the state decreasing' Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) Chairman Mahfud MD has stated that human rights violations by the state have drastically reduced since the reform era. "Now, such violations of human rights occur only sporadically and on a small scale, usually committed by the regional apparatus," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2012 10:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight convicts to be executed soon Eight convicts who have been sentenced to death this year will soon be executed, according to the Attorney General`s Office (AGO). "They are among the 133 defendants who have received the death sentence this year," Attorney General Basrief Arief said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 26 December 2012 06:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mahfud to decide soon on possible presidential nomination Constitutional Court (MK) Chairman Mahfud MD said he might soon decide whether he would nominate himself as a presidential candidate for the 2014 presidential race.

Posted in Politics @ 01 December 2012 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court chief denies tendering resignation Constitutional Court (MK) chairman Mahfud MD denied a rumor on Thursday that he had tendered resignation. "There has been a rumor that I will resign. I should like to affirm that I will not resign. I (came to the parliament) to report that my term of office will end on April 1, 2013," he said.

Posted in General @ 23 November 2012 01:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court rules oil, gas law against constitution The Constitutional Court (MK) has ruled that articles governing the tasks and functions of the Upstream Oil and Gas Executive Agency (BP Migas) in the oil and gas law run counter to the 1945 Constitution.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2012 19:27 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


Constitutional Court to arrange illegitimate child rights Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Mahfud MD called on the ministers of religious affairs and Interior affairs to immediately follow the decision of the Court relating to a judicial decision on Act No. 1 of 1974 relating to marriage.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2012 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt considering to dissolve regional corruption courts The Law and Human Rights Ministry is considering civil society calls for the dissolution of regional corruption courts in light of their frequent failures to convict corruption defendants, the ministry`s vice chief said.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2011 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Turkey discuss anti-terrorism effort with Muslim countries Indonesia on Wednesday discussed anti-terrorism cooperation between intelligence communities of Muslim countries, as a delegation is currently on an official visit to Turkey.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 April 2011 01:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Turkey agree on military industry cooperation The parliaments of Indonesia and Turkey on Tuesday agreed to increase cooperation in the fields of military and defense industry, officials said.

Posted in Military @ 20 April 2011 01:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Child imprisonment in Indonesia rampant The Indonesian Commission for Child Protection said on Wednesday that nearly 7,000 minors face criminal trials in Indonesian courtrooms each year, the Jakarta Globe reported. The commission, also known as the KPAI, said that 90 percent of them, about 6,300 minors, end up incarcerated alongside adult suspects, as there are no special holding cells for children.

Posted in Crime @ 16 March 2011 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court lifts law that allowed government to ban books An Indonesian court on Wednesday lifted a 1963 law that allowed the government to ban books deemed as offensive. "The 1960s Law on Securing Printed Materials whose content could disrupt public order is against the Constitution. The law is no longer legally binding," said Mahfud MD, the head of the court.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court chief: 'Drop investigation on KPK leaders' The chief of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud M.D., has asked the national police to drop an investigation into deputy chiefs of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK, Chandra Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto if no solid evidence was found. Mahfud said that he doubted that the commission leaders had really committed crimes an asked the police to publicly back up their accusations.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2009 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court allows voting by identity card The Constitutional Court decided on Monday evening that unregistered voters are allowed to exercise their voting right in next Wednesday`s presidential poll by showing their identity cards. "We hereby partially accept the judicial review request," Constitutional Court Chairman Mahfud M.D. said when reading the court's decision on a request for a judicial review of Law No. 42 / 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections here on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court rejects Bali bombers' appeal Execution by firing squad does not violate Indonesia's constitution, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday. Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected the claim by three men on death row, who were convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, that their executions by firing squad would violate the country's constitution. Their request for beheading was also dismissed by the court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2008 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine die in train-bus collision in Indonesia At least nine people died and 23 others injured when a train rammed into a passenger bus in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, reports said Monday. The accident took place early Sunday when the train rammed into an inter-city bus at a railway crossing in Asahan district, about 1,450 km northwest of here, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2005 18:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Failed Jakarta mayor demands bribe money back A disgruntled candidate who lost a race for the post of governor in the Indonesian capital has demanded that members of the city council return bribes he paid them, media reports said Saturday. Mahfudz Djaelani told reporters that 40 councilors in the 84-seat body had received a total of 200 million rupiah ($20,000) as a first installment for their votes. He had promised to pay the balance of the 2 billion rupiah ($200,000) bribe after Wednesday's council vote.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful bomb discovered in Bandung super mall An active high-powered bomb was found in the basement of a seven-storied super mall, the Bandung Plaza Indah, which was crowded with shoppers in the West Java capital of Bandung on Thursday. The local police confirmed that the bomb was the second found over the last five days with unclear motives. The first one, of a similar type, was found in a public place in the city on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another Cabinet shake-up on Tuesday: Minister The nation is set to witness yet another Cabinet reshuffle involving not only the vacant post of attorney general, but also other ministries, a senior Cabinet minister revealed. The next reshuffle, prompted primarily by the sudden death of Attorney General Baharuddin Lopa, is expected to take place on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur told to avoid state of emergency Ministers and security authorities expressed hopes on Wednesday that embattled President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid would not declare a state of emergency, as a last resort, to survive his political life. Coordinating Minister for Political, Social and Security Affairs Agum Gumelar said he was working hard to avoid national disintegration and any declaration of a state of emergency.

Posted in Politics @ 28 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo replaced in hasty reshuffle President Abdurrahman Wahid added further suspense to the unfolding political drama by catching everyone by surprise on Friday with his announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle which included the replacement of his top political and security minister. The reshuffle was not so much a case of ushering new faces into the Cabinet as one of musical chairs, as three of the five new appointments were those of people already serving in his administration.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur, Megawati hold crisis talks A flurry of meetings were held within the country's two highest offices on Tuesday as senior Cabinet officials tried to seek a political compromise to salvage the administration amid tension between President Abdurrahman Wahid and Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri. Coordinating Minister for Political, Social and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono emerged as the central figure in the negotiations, which focused on a deal to delegate the running of the government to Megawati.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid trip to Aceh in doubt amid violence A trip by President Abdurrahman Wahid to Aceh province was in doubt on Thursday after fighting at an ExxonMobil gas field, which has been closed for security reasons threatening Indonesia's gas exports. Wahid's planned visit to Meulaboh, South Aceh, next week "might be cancelled," his spokesman Wimar Witoelar told journalists. Sources at the presidential palace said the military had strongly objected to the planned visit.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students stage biggest rally near palace Around 100,000 students coming from all over the country continued their rally outside the presidential palace on Monday in Jakarta, the biggest protest against President Abdurrahman Wahid since he took power 16 months ago. The rally so far run peacefully despite early minor and brief clash between the students with around 500 supporters of President Wahid who also staged a demonstration at the same venue.

Posted in Protests @ 12 March 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mass demonstrations today Around one hundred thousand supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) plan to stage a grand meeting and demonstration themed " Aspirations of the Jember People" at the town square in Jember, East Java, today. The ulemas and religion`s figures will pray for the country currently suffering unabated political disturbance caused by the actions of the political elite to prioritize their respective group`s interests. Deputy chairman of the organizing team, Abdul Muis, said this meeting will provide `concrete evidence` that Jember people are consistent in supporting Abdurrahman Wahid as Indonesia`s President until 2004. He said that Wahid is the constitutionally chosen President. As such, if unconstitutionally ousted from power in the middle of his term, the action will destroy the basic system of the country.

Posted in Protests @ 13 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Everything will be okay: President President Abdurrahman Wahid played down on Sunday security fears in the wake of rumored mass rallies between people in support of and against him on Monday. "God willing, there will be nothing," Abdurrahman said after a meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday morning to discuss security in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 29 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military could seize power if nation plunges into chaos: Minister Minister of Defense Mahfud MD warned here on Monday the Indonesian Military (TNI) was most likely to seize power if the nation plunged into chaos and its democratization process ran foul. In a chaotic situation, the military was in a position to take over the government as it was in possession of weapons, he told participants of a national dialogue organized by the Communication Forum of Islamic Organizations.

Posted in Military @ 29 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Aceh rebels agree to extend cease-fire The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday. The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote. A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh bloodshed continues despite peace talks Bloodshed continued in strife torn Aceh on Monday even as fresh peace talks on the troubled province got underway at a secret Swiss location. Indonesian government officials and separatist rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) began their behind-closed-doors discussions amid a media blackout, AFP reported from Geneva.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 09 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security in Aceh intensified ahead of Gus Dur visit The government said on Wednesday that they were beefing up security in Aceh ahead of President Abdurrahman Wahid's visit to the troubled province on Tuesday. "We are going to clean up places that are going to be visited by the President three days before he arrives," National Police Chief Gen. Surojo Bimantoro told journalists before a Cabinet meeting at Bina Graha presidential office.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta still hot, heat wave continues to grip Java People should prepare for an extreme heat wave to hit Java over the next two weeks as we enter the transition of the dry season and the wet season, an official said on Wednesday. "The intense heat over the past few days was caused by a dynamic air mass moving toward the southern part of the globe," Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) chief Sri Diharto told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Weather @ 08 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 people killed during Aceh rebel anniversary At least 15 people, including anIndonesian marine, were killed during anniversary of the separatist movement in the restive province of Aceh. Monday marked the 24th anniversary of a declaration of nationhood by the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), marked by residents in natural resource rich province with prayers and the raising of thousands of rebel flags.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President talks tough on separatists President Abdurrahman Wahid warned here on Thursday that anyattempt to break away from the republic would be dealt with "accordingly". "Paying close attention to developments in several regions in Indonesia, I would like to convey that (people) should not attempt to proclaim independence from the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia as what has been planned in Irian Jaya or Aceh," Abdurrahman said in a nationally televised address.

Posted in Human rights @ 30 November 2000 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Men sweep hotels in Surakarta Not withstanding the government's efforts to ease tensions with the U.S. government, dozens of men clad in green military-style uniforms stormed into a number of international hotels in Surakarta, Central Java, on Sunday demanding that American guests leave the country. Hotel staff were reportedly warned that checks would be held at the hotels for American guests and, if found, they would be asked to leave the country within 48 hours.

Posted in Violence @ 30 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. Embassy denies espionage The United States Embassy is denying claims made by Indonesian Defense Minister Mahfud MD that an American "infiltrator" apprehended in Irian Jaya conducted espionage, and warned that the treatment of the American "tourist" will force other prospective visitors to reconsider travel plans here. The Embassy in a statement here on Monday said it was "dismayed and perplexed" by Mahfud's false charges while describing the American as a "tourist". It also denied that U.S. Ambassador Robert Gelbard intervened in demanding the transfer of the American.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt arrests U.S. citizen allegedly involved in Papua riot Minister of Defense Mohammad Mahfud M.D. claimed on Sunday that Indonesian security authority had arrested a U.S. citizen who was allegedly involved in recent riots in West Papua or Irian Jaya province. The U.S. citizen, identified as Aaron Ward Maness, was detained in Jakarta on Saturday.

Posted in Violence @ 22 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saludin, a newly hired driver for Coca-Cola in Jakarta, was waiting in his car in the underground parking lot of Jakarta's stock exchange when a bomb exploded last Wednesday. "There was a loud bang and the windows of my car were shattered," the 27-year-old Indonesian recalls. "There were flames everywhere." Saludin jumped out of the front window of the Mitsubishi Galant. The second-floor basement was filling up with black smoke, but he followed signs leading toward the exit ramp. He made it to the first floor and collapsed—"my lungs were full of smoke, and my heart felt it would explode from my chest." Rescue workers found him on the ground, bleeding from the ears and half-conscious, and carried him out to safety.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien gives new Cabinet 90 days People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais said the new Cabinet had three months to prove it could cope with the various challenges the nation is facing. "If the Cabinet fails to perform well, the House of Representatives (DPR) may take steps," he told reporters on Saturday after a meeting with the heads of regional branches of the National Mandate Party (PAN) across East Java.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2000 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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