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KPK verifies Jokowi's wealth ahead of election The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has verified presidential candidate Jokowi's wealth here on Thursday as mandated by the law ahead of the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Kalla has potential to overshadow Jokowi' Political observer Hendri Satrio of the Paramadina University said Jusuf Kalla (JK), who is a former vice president and a senior statesman, has the potential to overshadow Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2014 08:34 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


PDIP-Nasdem set up success team for Jokowi The Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and its coalition partner the National Democrat Party (Nasdem) have set up campaign and success teams to support the success of their candidate Jokowi in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2014 22:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi's running mate to be surprise The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), which is the likely winner of the legislative elections on April 9, has claimed that the running mate for Jokowi will be a surprise, Rieke Diah Pitaloka stated.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2014 19:27 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


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem supports Jokowi as presidential candidate The general chairman of the National Democrat (NasDem) party, Surya Paloh, said his party has agreed to merge with the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and support PDIPs presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Posted in Elections @ 12 April 2014 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidential candidate Jokowi not dictated to PDIP Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Chairman Effendi Simbolon confirmed that the party does not dictate to its presidential candidate, Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi.

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2014 23:55 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


PKS expresses optimism to be in big three The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) expressed its optimism that it would become one of the big three political parties following the upcoming legislative elections on April 9, 2014.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2014 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to deal with Papua problems with 'heart' Presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo said he would deal with all problems in Papua with "heart." "I dont like to promise too much. I am confident the Papua problem could be sorted out with heart and hard work not with promises," Jokowi, as he is known, said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP able to face smear campaign on Jokowi The Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) has stated that it believed it could face smear campaign that has so far been launched on its presidential candidate, Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati reveals reasons for picking Jokowi The general chairperson of the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Megawati Soekarnoputri, has revealed her reason for choosing Joko Widodo (Jokowi) as the partys presidential candidate here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2014 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to campaign in Bali Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri is scheduled to campaign at Badung district in Bali on Saturday afternoon, according to party officials. "We hope the people of Bali will give their strong support to PDI-P," the partys deputy secretary general, Hasto Kristiyanto, said here this morning.

Posted in Elections @ 22 March 2014 14:40 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


Jokowi ready to run for president Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo here Friday declared that he was ready for being nominated as presidential candidate by the Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP).

Posted in Politics @ 14 March 2014 16:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP denies having named its presidential candidate The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) denied a media report on Tuesday which indicated that the party chief Megawati Soekarnoputri has named its presidential candidate for the 2014 election.

Posted in Politics @ 04 March 2014 17:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati calls on students to monitor 2014 elections Opposition party leader Megawati Soekarnoputri called on students here on Saturday not to become absentee voters, but to help monitor the upcoming general elections. "Do not become absentee voters, because if we do we might get a leader that we do not want. We, instead, must monitor the election to avoid fraud," she said before students of Surabaya University.

Posted in Elections @ 01 March 2014 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Intelligence agency denies having wiretapped Jakarta governor The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has denied allegations of having wiretapped Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, emphasizing that it has no interest in eavesdropping on the governors activities.

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2014 00:17 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


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


President Yudhoyono leads Taufiq`s funeral ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral ceremony of Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly Taufiq Kiemas at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National flag half-mast at state palace for Taufiq Kiemas The national flag was raised half-mast at the state palace here on Sunday to mourn the death of the chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Taufiq Kiemas. The flag was also seen raised half-mast at the private residence of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Consultative Assembly chairman Taufiq Kiemas passes away Taufiq Kiemas, the chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), passed away at a hospital in Singapore on Saturday evening. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Any Yudhoyono expressed deep condolences over the demise of the husband of former President Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'I will remain focused on state duties' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would remain focused on his duties as head of state although on the other hand he had to lead the internal consolidation within his Democratic Party.

Posted in Politics @ 11 February 2013 00:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi calls for religious tolerance The Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has urged the people of Jakarta to maintain religious tolerance and harmony.

Posted in General @ 07 January 2013 14:18 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


Megawati to inaugurate Sukarno monument in Bangka Indonesia`s fifth President, Megawati Soekarnoputri, will inaugurate the monument of Sukarno, called the `Bung Karno Monument`, in Air Anyir village in Bangka, on Saturday (November 24).

Posted in General @ 20 November 2012 14:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Poverty reduction must be top priority' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that the reduction of poverty in the country must be the next government`s top priority.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2012 14:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP registers with KPU for 2014 general elections The Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) has become the fifth political party to register with the General Elections Commission (KPU) for participation in the 2014 general elections.

Posted in Elections @ 14 August 2012 23:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President says labor policies not politically motivated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government has no political interests with regard to its recent plans to improve the welfare of workers in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 03 May 2012 13:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Spokesman: 'Boediono not to run for president in 2014' Vice President Boediono will not run for president in 2014, his spokesman, Yopie Hidayat, said here on Friday. "So, he does not have political ambition to run for president in 2014. If a party wishes to nominate him, he will turn down the offer," he said at the vice presidential palace.

Posted in Politics @ 26 February 2012 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati refuses KPK witness summons Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri has declined to comply with a summons to appear as a witness in the investigation of the Bank Indonesia vote-buying bribery scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 February 2011 01:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bringing passengers to Padang big business Because there are still many passengers heading for the quake-struck city of Padang in West Sumatra, Mandala has added extra flights from and to the city until the end of the month to accommodate all passengers. Extra flights will be organized between Jakarta - Padang and Batam - Padang. In total some 9.710 chairs will be added with Airbus 320 and Airbus 319 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A warning for Megawati and Kalla The advocacy team of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono sent a strong warning to the team of Jusuf Kalla-Wiranto and Mega-Prabowo, telling them to prove all of the alleged manipulation and violations during the 2009 Presidential Elections. "We ask that all the complaints are presented with their evidence," said Amir Syamsuddin, an attorney for the team.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati wants too much Defeated in the first round of the presidential elections held earlier this month, Megawati Soekarnoputri will do everything to disrupt the democratic process as much as possible. She and her campaign team are calling on the General Election Commission KPU to hold a second round of presidential elections, a runoff between her and current President Yudhoyono - who also won the first round with a vast majority of the votes.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono officially wins presidential elections Incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a second term after the General Elections Commission completed its count of votes in the Indonesian presidential election late Thursday night, local media organisations reported. An official announcement of the count, completed two days ahead of schedule, is expected on Friday, The Jakarta Post said.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2009 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


KPU quick count shows clear victory for Yudhoyono The current quick count being performed by the General Election Commission KPU shows that current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the clear winner of the presidential elections held yesterday. The results from almost 19 million votes was already sent to the KPU early this morning. These temporary results were send to the KPU by SMS from polling stations across the vast archipelago. Currently some 61.7 percent of the votes goes to Yudhoyono.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2009 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads in exit polls Current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is currently on the lead in the exit polls held in various locations throughout Indonesia. Almost 180 million Indonesians are allowed to cast their vote today on who they would like to be their president in the coming five years. Earlier opinion polls already showed that Yudhoyono had a big lead over the other two presidential candidates; Megawati Soekarnoputri (former president, followed up by Yudhoyono in 2004) and Jusuf Kalla, the current vice-president.

Posted in Elections @ 08 July 2009 06:43 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


Agency: Poverty rate in Indonesia drops compared to last year Indonesia's poverty rate dropped 1.3 percentage point this year from 15.4 per cent last year owing to stable inflation and higher wages, the national bureau of statistics said Wednesday. According to a survey conducted in March, 32.5 million Indonesians live under the poverty line, or 14.15 per cent of the country's population, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla's popularity campaign: 'War against Malaysia' Current vice-president Jusuf Kalla is working hard to promote himself for the upcoming presidential elections on July 8 as it seems. He is talking tough to Malaysia about an apparent border incident concerning the Malaysian navy. Nationalist feelings are flaring up once again as Malaysia is threatening Indonesian sovereignty once again, at least in Indonesian eyes.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2009 07:21 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 republicís 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


Quick count: Secular parties win over Islamic parties The democratic party of current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono comes up as the winner during quick counts made by several different organisations. The party gets around 20 percent of the votes nationally. Numbers two and three are the Democratic Party of Struggle from former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and Golkar, the labour party of former president Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 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 Yudhoyono's popularity drops on fuel price hike President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's popularity ratings have fallen because of a recent fuel price increase and he would likely lose if an election were held today, a new poll showed on Sunday. Mr Yudhoyono, a former general, won the country's first direct presidential election in 2004 when he promised to tackle widespread corruption, spur economic growth and create jobs.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's longest bridge to be completed in 2009 The Indonesian government is expecting the completion of its longest bridge connecting Java and Madura islands before the start of general elections in April 2009, local press said Monday. The 5.4-km long bridge is under construction between Surabaya in East Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to run in 2009 presidential election Former Indonesian president and chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Megawati Soekarnoputri has accepted the request of her party to contest in the 2009 presidential elections.

Posted in Elections @ 11 September 2007 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some missing planes have never been found As an immense search for Indonesia's missing passenger plane intensified on Sunday, records show that a string of aircraft have never been found in the archipelago nation after disappearing. The Adam Air plane with 102 passengers and crew vanished off radar screens on January 1, halfway through a flight from Surabaya on Java island to Manado on the northeast tip of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opposition upset over helipad for Bush The construction of a helipad in Indonesia's famed botanical gardens for an upcoming visit by U.S. President George W. Bush will damage protected plants, an opposition party said on Tuesday. Bush will visit Indonesia this month on a brief stopover after attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam on Nov. 18. Details on the Bush visit have not been officially announced, but Indonesian media reports say it will take place on Nov. 20.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2006 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesian police prepare 18,000 to anticipate anti-Bush rallies The Indonesian police would deploy 18,000 personnel to the capital city to anticipate rallies against the visit by U.S. President George W. Bush scheduled for Nov. 20. Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. Adang Firman said the number of personnel represents two-thirds of the strength of the Jakarta Police.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2006 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rating Improvement for SBY any adults in Indonesia are content with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, according to a poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute. 67 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the presidentís performance, up 12 points since March.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2006 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt slams N. Korea over nuclear test, predicts regional tensions ndonesia condemned North Korea over its announced test of a nuclear weapon on Monday, saying the test would add to regional tensions. "The Government of Indonesia reiterates its position that the recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is unacceptable under any justifiable reason," a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. "The nuclear test conducted by the DPRK will only create new tensions and threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region."

Posted in Politics @ 09 October 2006 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'US president may visit Indonesia in November' U.S. President George W. Bush may visit Indonesia next month to meet the leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, seen as a close ally in Washington's global fight against terrorism, officials said Tuesday. If the talks are held, they would be the first on Indonesian soil between Bush and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents ask to be evacuated as Merapi rumbles Residents of Sengi hamlet on the slope of Mt Merapi on Wednesday asked to be evacuated as they had heard rumbling sounds coming from the volcano's top. "They have been hearing the rumbling sounds since yesterday, an indication that Mount Merapi is to erupt," Tarno, Sengi hamlet head, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 May 2006 20:49 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


Indonesia invites North Korean leader to Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to Jakarta for talks on how to reduce tension with South Korea, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said on Wednesday.Kim Jong Il, who rarely travels abroad, has said he "welcomed" the offer and also invited Yudhoyono to North Korea, Dino said. He said possible dates for both trips were still being discussed.

Posted in Politics @ 08 February 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's sister named SBY's adviser In what could add fuel to their sibling rivalry, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, younger sister of former president Megawati, has crossed family lines and accepted the invitation of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to join his presidential team of advisers, detik.com reported.

Posted in Politics @ 21 January 2006 20:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Dirgantara Indonesia claims production of 484 planes Aerospace industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia claimed Tuesday it has produced 484 aircraft of various types since its establishment in 1976. The company has managed to sell aircraft to foreign markets, Dirgantara Acting President Nuril Fuad told President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was visiting the factory in the West Java capital of Bandung, some 150 km south of Jakarta. He said Malaysia has purchased eight aircraft, Thailand bought two, South Korea acquired eight and Pakistan ordered four.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2006 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati in hospital with suspected dengue fever Former president of Indonesia Megawati Sukarnoputri was admitted to hospital late Tuesday with suspected dengue fever, a source close to her said. The former president was admitted in the MMC Hospital in South Jakarta at 4 p.m., the source was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2005 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-president Megawati in hospital for exhaustion Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri is being treated in hospital for exhaustion but her condition is stable, an aide said on Thursday. Pramono Anung, a member of Megawati's political organization, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), said the former president was admitted to the Metropolitan Medical Center hospital in Jakarta earlier this week.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2005 18:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mr Popularity survives a tough year On Thursday, one year after the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a 200-metre mural was erected facing Jakarta's main roundabout. The mural was in front of the deserted Hotel Indonesia where a dissident was bundled out of a window in the film The Year of Living Dangerously.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2005 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fuel-price hikes spark strikes Indonesia more than doubled the average cost of fuel on Saturday to try to stave off an economic crisis despite protests by thousands of people, some of whom burned tires and threw rocks at police. Security forces responded to Friday's demonstrations by firing tear gas at more than 100 rioting students, then chasing them down and hitting some with sticks. Transportation strikes in at least seven cities left thousands stranded, media reports said.

Posted in Protests @ 01 October 2005 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono likely to survive fuel price rise protest Indonesia's looming fuel price increases Saturday will power protests that will bruise, but not cripple, the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, analysts say. A government compensation plan and timing of the fuel price increase for the eve of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will help defuse public anger over the cut in price subsidies that have given Indonesians some of the cheapest fuel in the world for decades.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2005 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia set for fuel cost rise Indonesia is to raise nationwide fuel prices from 1 October, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced. The controversial decision comes as the country moves to cut fuel subsidies in response to the soaring cost of oil. President Yudhoyono said his government would go ahead with the fuel price rise, but did not say by how much.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2005 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Govt prepares for protests over planned fuel price hikes Indonesia is preparing for protests over government plans to cut subsidies that keep the price of gasoline products affordable for the country's millions of poor people, the security minister said Wednesday. The country plans to hike prices by as much as 50 per cent as early as next month to ease the strain of soaring global crude oil costs on its budget.

Posted in Protests @ 21 September 2005 17:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia may raise fuel prices by 50% in October Indonesia's government may raise fuel prices by at least 50 percent in October to avoid missing the budget deficit target as surging global prices boost the cost of subsidies, Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


SBY: Indonesia to wait until after October to raise fuel prices Indonesia will wait until at least after October to raise fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday, despite a prolonged fall in the rupiah due to soaring world oil prices which has hurt investor confidence. The global price rise has prompted the government to snap up dollars to pay for oil imports and put pressure on the budget due to expensive fuel subsidies.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2005 23:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati seeks to regain power in Indonesia Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri is struggling for her reelection as leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) that will pave the way for her presidential bid in five years to come. In the PDI-P national congress opened in Bali Monday, Megawati looked set to win majority of support despite a major setback in the party under her leadership.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 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


Huge cigarette investment lights up prospects of economic revival Suwarno drags deeply on his kretek cigarette, the scented fumes swirling lazily in the Indonesian sunshine. Strong and cheap, the exotic smoke leaves him a little dizzy, but each lungful could take his country nearer its long overdue economic recovery.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia executes 51-year-old woman for murder, mutilation Indonesia on Sunday executed a 51-year-old housewife found guilty of murdering and mutilating three women within four years. Astini, also known as Bu Lakri, was shot by a 12-member East Java Police firing squad at 1:20 a.m. local time, said A.F. Darmawan, chief of the special crime unit at the area's High Prosecution Office. Astini's lawyer, Ida Sampit Karo Karo, and a police doctor were among those present at the execution.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests fall flat after Indonesia hikes fuel prices A fuel hike that will hit Indonesia's poor hard came into effect Tuesday, but the expected large-scale demonstrations failed to materialize as the government promised to beef-up anti-poverty assistance programs. The government announced late Monday it was cutting fuel subsidies, amounting to an average 29 percent increase in prices from gasoline to diesel oil. Fuel prices have been a sensitive topic since riots over a price hike in 1998 hastened the collapse of former President Suharto's dictatorship.

Posted in Protests @ 01 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests over Indonesia fuel rise Hundreds of Indonesian students have held rallies around the country to protest against rising fuel prices. The increases, of up to 30%, were announced by officials on Monday. The government said it was forced to act after spending more than $6bn in fuel subsidies last year, because of soaring world oil prices. The price of fuel is a sensitive political issue in Indonesia. Fuel protests even contributed to the downfall of former President Suharto.

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


Fuelling reforms in Indonesia It is the single most unpopular decision any Indonesian president could make, with the potential to trigger immediate political unrest. But the move by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut costly fuel subsidies and so push fuel prices up by 30 per cent in a poor nation is also the single most important decision for the recovery of the ailing Indonesian economy. And with half the Indonesian population scraping by on less than $2.50 a day, economic growth - and spending on basic services such as health, education and infrastructure - is the key to social and political stability on Australia's northern doorstep. The former president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, long understood this link, but lacked the political courage to take on the protesters. Yesterday, however, fuel prices did finally rise, despite the unhappy mobs and panic buying at the petrol bowsers.

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


Ministery: Govt to hike fuel prices starting Tuesday Indonesia's government will implement long-planned fuel price increases starting Tuesday, including a 32% increase in the price of gasoline, Minister of Energy and Mines Purnomo Yusgiantoro told reporters late Monday. The price increases will result from a reduction in massive fuel subsidies that have crippled the government's ability to fund economic development and have prompted illegal imports of petroleum products, Purnomo told a special press briefing attended by top government ministers.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grew 6.7% in 4th quarter Indonesia's economy expanded at its fastest pace in at least four years in the fourth quarter as the cheapest credit since 1998 spurred consumers to increase spending on goods including cars, motorcycles and mobile phones. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 6.7 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier, the statistics office said in Jakarta. The economy expanded 5.1 percent last year, the most since 1996.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Head of largest Muslim group reelected Indonesia's largest Muslim group Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) concluded the chairmanship election Thursday with incumbent Hasyim Muzadi won voting in landslide. Muzadi, a running mate of Megawati Soekarnoputri in her unsuccessful bid for presidency, won 346-99 over Masdar Mas'udi, who was backed by NU patron chief Abdurrahman Wahid, in a voting held in the Central Java town of Boyolali, reported Detikcom online news service.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The government says it will gradually liberalize the domestic fuel market over the next five years, with the aim of completely eliminating costly fuel subsidies by 2010. "In the year 2010, fuel prices will be determined by the mechanism of healthy and appropriate competition, and the government will only give special help to replace subsidies for certain fuels," Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro was quoted as saying Monday (29/11/04) by detikcom online news portal.

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


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems ó rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constructing the Indonesian presidency Presidency has been defined, among others, as the collective administrative and governmental entity operating in a presidential office. Presidency varies from one state to another and from one period to another in a single country. Sukarno's presidency differed from Soeharto's, B.J. Habibie's, Abdurrahman Wahid's and Megawati Soekarnoputri's.

Posted in Elections @ 25 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ex-general sworn in as president Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after sweeping to power by vowing faster job growth, a war on corruption and tough punishment for terrorists. A solemn-looking Yudhoyono took the oath of office on Wednesday inside a cavernous hall at parliament in front of the very legislators many expect will challenge the big popular mandate he won in Indonesia's first direct presidential election last month.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati leaves State Palace President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Tuesday afternoon left the State Palace for the last time as the fifth Indonesian president. Megawati arrived at the palace at 11.15 a.m. to sign the Law on National Social Security System. She left at 12:15 p.m. and did not give a speech after the signing.

Posted in Elections @ 19 October 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-general takes over in Indonesia A former general with a doctorate in economics takes power in Indonesia today, facing the challenge of translating a landslide election victory into action on economic growth and against Islamic militancy. For Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 55, big tests will come early as he appoints his cabinet and seeks to work with a parliament riddled with members of old elites vowing a rough ride for the country's first directly elected president.

Posted in Elections @ 19 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia seeks new security pact with Indonesia Australia is considering signing a new defence and security agreement with Indonesia to replace a treaty that was scrapped after Canberra led United Nations peacekeepers into East Timor in 1999. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said yesterday the government was aware that Indonesian President-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had called for the security pact - negotiated by former prime minister Paul Keating in the mid-1990s - to be renewed last year during a trip to Australia.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono sees 'beautiful' future for Indonesia President-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday promised stronger economic growth and more legal certainty, and predicted a "beautiful period'' for Indonesia if the government and business leaders could work together. In his first speech since election results were released Monday, Yudhoyono also praised outgoing President Megawati Sukarnoputri for her succeess in stabilizing the country's economy.

Posted in Politics @ 08 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati effectively concedes election loss President Megawati Sukarnoputri effectively conceded defeat in Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot Thursday by not filing any complaints despite claims from her party of vote fraud. The Constitutional Court said former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's sweeping victory was final. It said Megawati had not submitted any objections by a Thursday deadline.

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