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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


Basuki has not officially become Jakarta Governor yet Acting Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has yet to officially become Jakarta Governor, although Jakartas Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) held a plenary meeting to discuss the vacancy of Jakarta Governor.

Posted in Politics @ 14 November 2014 21:26 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


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


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


KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suryadharma: 'Not to resign as religious affairs minister' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali stated on Friday he will not resign, although he was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 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


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


Jakarta proposes to construct three underpasses The Jakarta provincial administration plans to build underground crossing tunnels in several locations in the capital city to ease off pedestrian traffic at street crossings, Governor Joko Widodo stated here on Friday. "We will build tunnels in three locations. Hopefully, the construction can start within this year," the governor noted.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 09 May 2014 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions religious affairs minister on alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali on an alleged corruption in hajj funds collected by the government.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPP supports Gerindra without conditions The United Development Party (PPP) said it had set no conditions in supporting the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) in the 2014 general elections.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2014 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPP chairman asked to clarify Gerindra rally presence United Development Party (PPP) General Chairman Suryadharma Ali has been asked to clarify his presence in a Gerindra campaign rally in Jakarta on March 23. PPP Regional Branch Chairman for East Java, Musaffa Noer, asked that Ali should explain it in a plenary meeting of PPP Central Executive Board (DPP) and PPP Regional Branches (DPW).

Posted in Politics @ 16 April 2014 13:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gerindra talking with four parties about coalition The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), one of the winners in the recent legislative elections, has begun discussions with four parties prior to the presidential election on July 9, a party official said.

Posted in Elections @ 12 April 2014 20:25 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


Jakarta monorail project to be completed in 2017: Adhi Karya Publicly traded construction company PT Adhi Karya Tbk said construction of Jakartas monorail project linking Bekasi-Cawang and Cibubur-Cawang will start in 2015 to be completed in 2017. Construction of the Jakarta Link Transportation (JLT) will start in April , 2015 although it has yet to wait for the presidential regulation on monorail.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 03 April 2014 23:04 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


PPP leader voices concern over Islamic parties' future The United Development Party (PPP)s general chairman Suryadharma Ali said he was concerned about the prospects of Islam-based or Islamic parties in Indonesia here on Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 21 March 2014 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 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


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


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


Indonesian Islamic party against imports  from Israel The faction of Islamic-based Development United Party (PPP) criticized the government on entry of Israeli food products into the Indonesian market.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:41 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


Cheating minister suddenly disappears The Indonesian minister of Public Housing, Suharso Monoarfa, has suddenly disappeared from the surface of the earth as it seems. This comes after news about him cheating surfaced and his wife now wants to divorce him.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 September 2011 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano starts rumbling again The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is increasing once again. According to the Volcanologic Agency BPPPTK, the renewed activity is caused by the formation of a new lava dome in the crater of the volcano. The alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano has not yet been changed and still stands at level three.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 April 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Social Minister over a year in prison for graft Former Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah on Tuesday was sentenced to over a year in prison for graft in the procurement of goods for victims of natural disasters in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2011 23:26 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


A second international airport for Bali? The Indonesian Ministry of Transport is reported to be seriously studying the creation of two new international airports for Jakarta and Bali while, at the same time, optimizing the use of the existing airports in those two destinations.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former PPP minister involved in corruption cases After naming former social services minister Bachtiar Chamsyah, from the Islamic United Development Party (PPP) a suspect in an unlawful procurement of sewing machines and cattle, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has implicated him in a new graft case.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 March 2010 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 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


KPU quick count shows even bigger win for secular parties The first quick count results from KPU, the Indonesian general election commission, show that the secular parties have gained even more than what first indicated by various surveys held on election day, yesterday. Below is the quick count result from KPU, the final counts will be announced within one month.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2009 04:55 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


51 political parties have passed administrative registration The parties that are allowed to join the general elections next year are finally listed. Seven parties are entitled to join without any checks, they are the biggest seven at this moment. Nine others were preferred and 35 new parties have their administrative registration passed.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2008 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister to inspect preparations for Aceh regional chief elections Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf left Jakarta for Aceh Province on Wednesday to inspect preparations made for the upcoming implementation of the Aceh direct regional chief elections scheduled for December 11, 2006. Minister Ma`ruf is expected to visit several districts in Indonesia`s northernmost province of Aceh, to monitor the preparations made by the regions.

Posted in Elections @ 08 November 2006 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidates availing of every opportunity to woo voters Two weeks to go before the election runoff on Sept. 20, 2004, both presidential candidates are availing of every opportunity they can to woo the voters. As the Central Jakarta District Court was slated on Monday to hand down its verdict in a high-profile defamation case against three Tempo magazine journalists, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used the opportunity to seek the support of the media. He said there should be no journalists sent to prison for articles they wrote.

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


PBR backs Mega, Susilo wooes PPP Megawati Soekarnoputri's reelection bid received another boost on Monday after the Muslim-based Reform Star Party (PBR) decided to support her in the Sept. 20 election runoff. PBR chairman Zaenuddin MZ said in a press conference on Monday that the party had undertaken a series of discussions before deciding to throw its weight behind Megawati.

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


Major Muslim party backs Mega for run-off polls Indonesian Vice-President Hamzah Haz has expressed support for President Megawati Sukarnoputri, providing a small boost for her re-election bid in next month's run-off polls. Ms Megawati has received the backing of Mr Hamzah's Islamic-based United Development Party (PPP), which won the third-largest number of seats in April's parliamentary elections.

Posted in Elections @ 02 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono maintains lead The team of former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and welfare minister Jusuf Kalla continues to lead all candidates in Indonesia, according to a poll by the Democracy Study Institute (LKaDe). 45.17 per cent of respondents would support Yudhoyono and Kalla of the Democratic Party (PDI) in the countryís first-ever direct presidential ballot.

Posted in Elections @ 17 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] Golkar party proclaimed election winner Golkar Party, the former political machine of Indonesian autocrat Suharto, won the largest percentage of votes in the April 5th general poll, election officials said on Wednesday. In the final tally, Golkar won 21.58 per cent of the 113.4 million valid votes cast in last month's parliamentary polls, said General Election Commission (KPU) chief Nazuruddin Syamsuddin.

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


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

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


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

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


Hamzah: PPP not set on Islamic state United Development Party (PPP) leader Hamzah Haz asserted on Saturday his party did not want to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. "The first principle (of Pancasila is belief in) one God, which is a declaration that Indonesia is a religious nation," he told thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic candidates mum on polygamy Realizing their demographic power, Islamic political parties are working hard to win women's votes in the April 5 legislative election. A no-less important strategy is avoiding sensitive issues like polygamy, permitted in Islam. Interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Nursanita Nasution of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Aisyah Amini of the United Development Party (PPP) said their parties would support all measures to ensure better protection for women.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cabinet room deserted for campaign season Since the start of the 22-day election campaign on March 11, the Cabinet has gone into virtual hibernation, with President Megawati Soekarnoputri, Vice President Hamzah Haz and a number of senior ministers devoting most of their energies to pressing the flesh. Both the presidential and vice presidential offices are now rarely visited by their occupants, even when they are actually in the capital. Apparently, campaigning takes precedence over the affairs of state.

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


Campaign violence, public disorder emerge The violent behavior on Thursday by the campaign participants in several cities sent an alarming message to the 24 political parties that they needed to keep a handle on their supporters and improve their street campaign strategies to ensure that the April 5 legislative election would proceed peacefully and democratically. In Surakarta, Central Java, supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), chaired by incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri, beat up a supporter of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). The region has a history of riots, including ethnic violence.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar rejects its old image Growing resentment against calls to become loyalists of former president Soeharto has led the former dominant party, Golkar, to exercise a good measure of damage control in its campaigns by removing itself from symbols of the past regime. Soeharto was the main patron of Golkar and calls from a political party set up by his former aide, R. Hartono, for people to again become the second president's loyalists has provoked indignant cries of rejection. Hartono made the call when campaigning for his Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PPKB) in Soeharto's hometown of Yogyakarta, just as campaigners for Golkar said that the past years have been better than the current "reform" period.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties dismiss list of 'crooked politicians' The publication of the list of roguish politicians would not have an impact on political party performance in the upcoming general elections, some leaders of political parties asserted on Sunday. They also said that the publication was sensationalized and subjective, and people should question the credibility. Speaking to The Jakarta Post, deputy chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Abdillah Toha acknowledged that some (five) PAN legislators had been included on the original list of 61, but he argued that it would not affect PAN's image.

Posted in Elections @ 15 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only 1,600 candidates pass KPU screening The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday that only 1,611 of 8,871 legislative candidates have passed the first screening, with none from, among others, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Reform Star Party (PBR). A small number of legislative aspirants failed absolutely to pass KPU verification as they did not meet the minimum age requirement of 21, but the KPU did not provide any figures.

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


Six more parties pass screening for 2004 elections Six more of the 40 political parties undergoing factual verification have passed the final screening and are thus officially eligible for next year's elections, the National Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Syamsuddin said the six parties had met the minimum requirements of having branch offices in at least two-thirds or 21 of the country's 32 provinces and in two-thirds of regencies or municipalities in those provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight parties thought to have failed screening Eight political parties could be dismissed from the ongoing verification process being conducted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) for failing to submit the required documents. Dismissal would keep the parties -- the Glorious Marhaen Nationalist Party, Gotong Royong Party, Islamic Party, Pro-Republic Party, Republic of Indonesia Union Party, Catholic Party, Indonesian Workers Party and the Indonesian Nationalist Unity Party -- from contesting the legislative elections next year.

Posted in Elections @ 28 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 parties make it to final KPU list All 50 eligible political parties beat the midnight deadline for registration with the General Elections Commissions (KPU) on Thursday, paving the way for their participation in the 2004 general elections. The last party to register with the KPU was the Indonesian National Unification Party (PPNI), whose representatives arrived at the commission's offices at around 11:30 p.m.

Posted in Elections @ 10 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Assembly shortens session to seven days, saves around Rp 6 billion A plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) agreed on Sunday to cut short its annual session from 10 days to seven, a move that could save the state budget around Rp six billion (US$700,000) The Assembly secretariat had allocated Rp 20 billion for the event. With this decision, the Assembly now hopes to conclude its current annual meeting on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military operations in Aceh to start soon President Megawati Soekarnoputri instructed security personnel on Tuesday to prepare for military operations in Aceh, setting the stage for a showdown between government troops and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in the troubled province. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said after a limited Cabinet meeting that Megawati had decided to use force if the rebels defied a two-week deadline to disarm and renounce their demand for independence.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 07 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter perceptions of the qualities of individual leaders appear to play an important part in Indonesian elections, according to the earlier mentioned survey. Megawati Soekarnoputri was the clear favorite of voters according to our data, and probably pulled the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI Perjuangan) along with her. The difference between the former Indonesian Nationalist Party's (PNI) 22 percent in 1955 and PDI Perjuangan's 34 percent in 1999 is almost certainly due in part to Megawati's appeal. Various actions of Megawati, such as her support for the reelection of Governor Sutiyoso in Jakarta, have been widely condemned. Many local observers also claim that she will be hurt by the slowness of economic recovery and by evidence that she is unwilling to fight corruption.

Posted in Politics @ 17 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlike the Suharto era, Indonesia now has quite radical Islamic groups operating in the open. Among them, the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) is infamous for unleashing paramilitary gangs on 'iniquitous' nightspots. The Sunni Communication Forum (Forum Komunikasi Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah, FKAWJ) fights for Muslims in Maluku. The Liberation Party (Hizbut Tahrir) is a branch of the Middle Eastern movement of the same name. It calls for the Indonesian nation-state to be abolished and replaced by the classic model of an Islamic state, the caliphate. Both FKAWJ and Hizbut Tahrir bluntly reject democratic models as a Western invention, incompatible with Islam. The campus-based Hizbut Tahrir shows restraint in its actions, but the other two frequently operate in a grey area of the law (see accompanying article).

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah elected Vice President Hamzah Haz was elected the country's ninth' vice president on Thursday, bringing with him renewed hope for peace with a call for political parties to come together to support President Megawati Soekarnoputri's government. Speaking before a plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly, Hamzah said harmonious cooperation between major political parties was needed to help the nation emerge from its prolonged crisis.

Posted in Politics @ 27 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Special session starts today Leaders of the People's Consultative Assembly have decided to accelerate impeachment proceedings against the President by convening a plenary session on Saturday morning to decide whether the special session to seek a presidential accountability can begin immediately. Should the Assembly plenary session be approved, the President may have to present his all-important accountability speech on Monday, which, if he fails to do or is rejected, could see him ousted within days.

Posted in Politics @ 21 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President repeats state of emergency threat Beleaguered President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid finally said on Friday that he would address the nation in the much-anticipated August 1 special session of the People'sConsultative Assembly (MPR), but remained firm about not delivering an accountability speech. Speaking during a visit to Babakan Ciwaringin Islamic Boarding School in Cirebon, West Java, Abdurrahman said as quoted by Antara that he would deliver a speech on Indonesia's future challenges instead of an accountability speech.

Posted in Politics @ 13 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrations by Gus Dur supporters turn violent Disgruntled supporters of the incumbent President Abdurrahman Wahid continued venting their anger in East Java on Monday by vandalizing the National Awakening Party (PAN) and Golkar Party offices in the town of Gresik, some 30 kilometers northwest of Surabaya. No fatalities were reported, but the police said that they had failed to curb the violent actions committed by at least 2,000 people.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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