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Floods inundate 18.000 houses in Bandung district Around 18 thousand houses were inundated in Bojongsoang, Baleendah and Dayeuhkolot sub-districts, Bandung District, West Java, on Monday, following the overflow of the Citarum River.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


'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


Police arrest nine illegal immigrants at Jambi airport Police of South Jambi arrested nine illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Sultan Thaha Airport, Jambi. "They were secured by the airport security officers while waiting in the airport to head to Jakarta," Head of South Jambi Sector Police Office Adjunct Commissioner Dudi Nuveri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 September 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov`t to re-discuss Soeharto to become national heroes Social Affairs Ministry will discuss again names of two former Presidents namely Soeharto and Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur, who have been proposed to become National Heroes.

Posted in General @ 24 April 2013 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yenny Wahid drops plan to join Democrat Party Zannuba Arifah Chafsoh or Yenny Wahid, a daughter of late president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, has dropped a plan to join the ruling Democrat Party.

Posted in Politics @ 16 April 2013 23:39 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


One dead, seven injured in Aceh earthquake One dead and seven injured following an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale that hit Pidie district, Aceh Provice, at 05.26 am on Tuesday. "A nine-year old girl died after her house collapsed due to earthquake," Aceh province`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Jarwansyah said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 January 2013 10:45 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


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


Jakarta gubernatorial poll on September 20 set as holiday Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has issued a decree stipulating that the second round of Jakarta gubernatorial election on September 20 as a holiday.

Posted in Elections @ 14 September 2012 01:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS demands probe team for Sampang violence The Justice and Prosperous Party (F-PKS) has called on the government to form a team to investigate the events that led to the attack against Shiite Muslims in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta election supervisor receives 54 complaints The Jakarta Election Supervisory Committee has announced that it received 54 complaints from local people about fraud during the Jakarta gubernatorial elections on July 11.

Posted in Elections @ 12 July 2012 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor elections expected to proceed to two rounds Political observer Andrinof Chaniago has predicted that the Jakarta Regional Head elections will proceed in two rounds.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2012 14:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven hospitals expected to be internationally accredited Seven state-owned A-class hospitals are expected to receive international accreditation by 2014.

Posted in Health @ 07 March 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Not enough reason to disband Ahmadiyah' The government said it needed a stronger justification to disband Ahmadiyah than the fact that its doctrine was viewed by hardliners to "deviate" from orthodox Islam, a religious leader said Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 21 February 2011 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Gus Dur to become national hero soon? However he just died last week, Abdurrahman Wahid, or just Gus Dur, is already on the list to become a national hero if you ask his National Awakening Party (PKB). They are not alone in their question to make a national hero from one of the founders of modern-day democratic Indonesia, as many in Indonesia see him. His burial on December 31, 2009 had movie-star allure with thousands greeting his coffin.

Posted in Politics @ 04 January 2010 01:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former president 'Gus Dur' dead at 69 Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, popularly known as Gus Dur , died late this afternoon at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta. His death was confirmed by his brother Sholahudin Wahid. Maman Imanulhaq from the National Awakening Party (PKB) said Gus Dur passed away after undergoing a dental operation at the hospital.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2009 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Missing Malaysian girls believed to be in Indonesia Many Malaysian girls reported missing by their families have ended up in Indonesia, PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said. Husam through his non-governmental organisation Kijang Care and in collaboration with other NGOs, has traced two Malaysian girls who were taken to Lombok, Indonesia, without the consent of their families.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2008 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods leave over 80 dead in Sumatra Severe flooding swept through three different provinces on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, leaving more than 80 people dead or missing and more than 200,000 villagers homeless, volunteers and news reports said Sunday. In Aceh province on the northern end of Sumatra, at least 65 people were either killed or missing in heavy flooding that swept through seven districts, said Gufron, a volunteer from the Prosperuos and Justice Party's local chapter.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Administrations identify newcomers as source of problems In spite of widespread criticism, the administrations of Jakarta, Tangerang and Depok continue to insist identity checks are the key to limiting rural-urban migration. The three neighboring administrations plan to carry out door-to-door checks for individuals without ID cards issued by their city of residence.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2006 03:55 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


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


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drag-racing crash in Maros kills seven, twenty injured The death toll from a drag-racing crash in Maros, South Sulawesi, on Sunday has risen to seven, with 20 people injured. Two cars had been battling it out to the finish line when they collided, swerving off the road and into the crowd. The dead have been identified as chief Brig. Dani Syahputra, Andi Susanto, Atika Sandra, Aris, Taufik, Labbaik and Syahril. Five of them died Sunday at Wahidin Soedirohusodo Hospital.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 July 2006 08:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow scatters villagers in East Java Three weeks of an unceasing, foul- smelling mudflow from a gas well accident have uprooted more locals in Porong district of East Java province and forced them to shelter in cramped markets, schools and government offices. On Sunday, more than 3,800 residents from the four worst-hit villages near Sidoarjo were staying at newly built Pasar Baru Porong market, which was scheduled to begin operation in July. Others are camped out in school buildings, offices and local mosques, local newspaper the Jakarta Post daily reported on Monday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 reactions


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

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


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


Soeharto admitted to hospital Former president Soeharto was admitted to the Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta on Friday suffering from an identified illness. The RCTI television broadcaster said the former strongman was admitted to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. Friday but it was not clear what he was suffering from.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2005 15:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


VP asks Muslim militants to stop attacking churches Vice President Jusuf Kalla asked Muslim militants to stop closing Christian churches after Christians complained that militants had shut 23 churches in recent weeks on the island of Java. "It is the responsibility of all of us to stop such kind of violence," he told a gathering of Muslim leaders, urging them to promote tolerance.

Posted in Religion @ 09 September 2005 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia commemorates 60th anniversary of independence Indonesia commemorated the 60th anniversary of independence on Wednesday with celebrations across the world's fourth most populous nation. In the capital Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono kicked off the day with a ceremony in front of the presidential palace attended by thousands of invitees, including former president Abdurrahman Wahid and former vice presidents, foreign diplomats, high-ranking military and government officials

Posted in General @ 17 August 2005 19:47 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


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 new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — 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


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


AirAsia buys Indonesia airline for $2 Malaysia's AirAsia Sdn. Bhd. (AIA.YY) has bought a small Indonesian airline, AWAir, for a token $2, the Edge weekly business newspaper says. AirAsia - which last week kicked off Malaysia's biggest initial share offer for 2004 - is buying the airline in a 49-51 partnership with unnamed Indonesian parties, the paper says, quoting anonymous sources. The report doesn't say if AirAsia must assume any debt from AWAir's previous owners.

Posted in Economy @ 17 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati tells Indonesia to accept poll result A tearful President Megawati Sukarnoputri has told Indonesians to accept the result of the country's landmark leadership ballot, but has not explicitly conceded defeat to her former security chief. Megawati's team has threatened to challenge the vote count from some areas, putting winner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a bind and risking what could have been an orderly end to Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

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


Wiranto will not back any candidates in presidential poll Indonesia's former Armed Forces Commander Wiranto, who was knocked out in July's presidential race, is opting to stay neutral in next month's concluding round between President Megawati Sukarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In his first news conference after the Constitutional Court rejected his election appeal, Mr Wiranto also says his political career is not over.

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


Fast-growing Islamic party backs Bambang Presidential front runner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won support from an increasingly popular Islamic party in his first formal political deal as a survey showed he had widened his lead over incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri. The Justice and Prosperity Party - which will be the sixth-biggest party with 45 seats in the next parliament - became the first yesterday to declare its support for him in next month's run-off election.

Posted in Elections @ 27 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Building owners OK wider sidewalk In order to make way for wider pedestrian sidewalks, the owners of 22 buildings along Jl. Thamrin, Central Jakarta, have agreed to take their fences back a notch. The additional width provided by the buildings varied from 0.6 meter to 3.5 meters, said head of the City Parks Agency open spaces division Mochamad Setyadi, on Monday. "Not all sidewalks will be six meters wide as initially planned," he said.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh faces feature in next govt New faces will dominate Indonesia's next government following the country's April 5 legislative polls, according to official election documents. The Kompas newspaper says new faces make up 72 per cent of the country's next Parliament or People's Representative Council (DPR). It based its conclusion on the list of names of the incoming Members of Parliament, released on Tuesday by the Indonesian General Election Commission.

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


Many of Amien supporters in N. Sumatra vow not to vote on Sept. 20 If the National Mandate Party's Amien Rais and Siswono Yudohusodo fail to advance to the second round of Indonesia's presidential election, their supporters in North Sumatra province have promised not to vote during the run-off on Sept 20. It would be much better for us to stay away from the polling stations and not to channel our political aspirations, if Amien and Siswono fail to make it to the second round, some employees of private companies here said on Wednesday.

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


Panwaslu: Double puncture spoils a good poll The Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) hailed on Tuesday the country's first direct presidential election as peaceful and democratic, but warned that the use of nonpermanent ink and double perforation of ballot papers could reduce the quality of the poll. "We should be grateful that the election was generally free of violence despite tensions in many poll stations over the use of nonpermanent ink and the immediate validation of double perforations on ballot papers," committee member Didik Supriyanto said.

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


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

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


Wiranto fights on as party divides FORMER Indonesian armed forces chief Wiranto is campaigning hard for the imminent presidential election, but some observers believe his efforts have been spoilt by the lack of support from his own Golkar party. One analyst told The Australian that he had even seen members of the party's youth wing campaigning for Mr Wiranto's main rival, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:02 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 country’s first-ever direct presidential ballot.

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


Yudhoyono has big lead in Indonesia Former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is still the most popular candidate in Indonesia, according to a poll by the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES). 41 per cent of respondents would support Yudhoyono of the Democratic Party (PDI) in the country’s first-ever direct presidential ballot.

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


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto picks Islamic figure as presidential running-mate Former Indonesian military chief Wiranto will team up with an Islamic leader to contest the presidential election for the Golkar party, the party has announced. Solahuddin Wahid, a deputy chairman of Indonesia's largest Islamic social organisation the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), will be Wiranto's running mate, said Golkar leader Akbar Tanjung.

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


Amien Rais officially joins presidential race Indonesia's Consultative Assembly Chairman Amien Rais on Sunday officially announced he will run in the July 5 presidential elections pledging to work for a strong and clean government. Rais, who also head the National Mandate Party (PAN) which placed seventh in the April 5 legislative election with 6.4 per cent of the vote, will run with the head of the country's farmer's association, Siswono Yudhohusodo, as his vice presidential candidate, his office said.

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


Megawati taps top cleric as running mate Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri chose on Thursday the leader of the country's largest Muslim group as the vice presidential candidate on her ticket in the July 5 presidential race. The choice of Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of the moderate, 40-million-strong Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is seen as an effort to boost Megawati's waning popularity after her party, the secular Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), lost significant ground in April 5 parliamentary elections.

Posted in Elections @ 09 May 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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Muslim party draws biggest election crowd A conservative Muslim party has drawn the biggest crowd yet in Indonesia's parliamentary election campaign, as an estimated 100,000-plus supporters massed at a Jakarta stadium on Tuesday to hear its anti-corruption message. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid, wearing a white Muslim shirt, black pants and white Muslim cap, told an enthusiastic crowd the PKS would "fight for every level of society's prosperity, and the strategy is by eradicating corruption".

Posted in Elections @ 30 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kerosene sold at Rp.500 per liter to woo voters Political parties are relying on a variety of tricks to woo voters during the election campaign, including the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in Semarang, the capital of Central Java province. As the election is a few days away, the PKS has intensified its campaigning here by selling cheap kerosene to residents in Tambaklorok fishing village, North Semarang district.

Posted in Elections @ 26 March 2004 00:06 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


Mega names new security minister Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri appointed a new security minister yesterday, a day after Mr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono resigned to run against her in presidential elections. Ms Megawati ordered Home Affairs Minister Hari Sabarno to take on Mr Susilo's duties in addition to his current job, presidential spokesman Bambang Kesowo said.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid nominated to run for President The former president of Indonesia, Abdurrahman Wahid has been nominated to run in the 2004 election. The National Awakening Party or PKB has selected the nearly blind Islamic scholar as its main candidate for Indonesia's first direct presidential elections in July. The parliament that elected Mr Wahid to office in 1999, dismissed him in July 2001.

Posted in Elections @ 21 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military helps shape elections Indonesian generals, on the defensive since the ouster of the dictatorship they supported for 32 years, are becoming kingmakers again as the campaign for presidential and parliamentary elections heats up. And despite the danger that Indonesia's young democracy is being undercut by its inability to rein in the military, candidates and political parties are courting the brass for endorsements.

Posted in Elections @ 23 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut's comeback may have a boomerang effect The return of Soeharto's eldest daughter to the political stage may backfire if the issue of the former president's ability to speak, and to face the law for charges of corruption, comes into question, an analyst says. Daniel Sparingga from the Surabaya-based Airlangga University was referring Sunday to reports quoting a founder of a new political party, which is asking Siti Hadiyanti Rukmana to be its presidential candidate.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:01 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


Rais: Megawati should go An influential politician who helped topple Indonesia's previous president explained Thursday why he believes current leader Megawati Soekarnoputri should also go. "If we want to see change in this country we have to change the present leadership into a better one, meaning more productive, more visionary, less corrupt or not corrupt at all," said presidential hopeful Amien Rais.

Posted in Elections @ 20 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes top spot in world's most corrupt nations It is no surprise that Indonesia ranks again as one of the world's most corrupt nations because graft in the public sector and judicial system is widespread, activists said here Tuesday. The Berlin-based group Transparency International on Tuesday listed Indonesia near the bottom of its list of corrupt countries, on the same level as Kenya but ahead of Myanmar, Angola, Cameroon, Paraguay, Nigeria and Haiti.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First direct presidential poll on July 5 Indonesia's election commission has proposed July 5 next year as the date for the country's first direct presidential election, with a second round on September 20 if necessary. An official said the National Election Commission had approved the dates but they can be changed if the government and the legislature disagree. A presidential candidate must secure at least 51 percent of the votes to win on the first round.

Posted in Elections @ 30 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia piling up political prisoners again TWO of the world’s largest human rights organizations say that the government of Indonesian President Megawati Sukar­noputri is filling the country’s jails once again with political prisoners, only five years after all prisoners of conscience were released with the ouster of former President Suharto.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Limited, but no ban on outside access Aceh The Indonesian Government has issued new rules restricting access by foreigners to Aceh, but has not imposed a feared complete ban. Under the terms of the decree by President Megawati Soekarnoputri released late on Tuesday, foreign and Indonesian aid organisations will be able to function in the province - which is under martial law - although they will be required to co-ordinate with the Ministry for People's Welfare in Jakarta.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


F-16 jets used against separatists The Indonesian military has used two of its US-made F-16 jets as it stepped up its campaign against separatist forces in Aceh, although military officials yesterday denied reports they had bombed or fired on rebel hide-outs. Two other US-made aircraft, OV-10 Broncos, also were involved in the attacks, although air force spokesman Colonel Iskandar said he could not confirm reports they had fired 16 air-to-ground rockets in the operation.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor has independence, the military no longer plays a key role in parliament and President Megawati Sukarnoputri has introduced direct presidential elections

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands protest war plans In the biggest anti-American protest yet in the world’s most populous Muslim country, tens of thousands of Indonesians on Sunday staged a peaceful protest against a possible US attack on Iraq. Local media estimated the size of the crowd at up to 100,000.

Posted in Protests @ 10 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati celebrates birthday with special gift President Megawati Sukarnoputri celebrated her 56th birthday Wednesday with a special gift in the form of boisterous expression of support from about 200 party supporters for her to seek re-election next year. The young supporters under the banner "Indonesian Buffalo Youth" (BMI), an activist movement of her Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-Struggle) came in several buses hoping to shake hands with their idol.

Posted in General @ 23 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to seek re-election Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri says she would run for re-election in 2004, predicting that tens of millions of Indonesians will support her despite rising criticism of her 19-month tenure in office. Her comments to members of her political party signal the opening shots in her campaign for next year's elections, and showed how seriously she is taking the threats to her presidency.

Posted in Elections @ 22 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels lose the plot, and the war The news that the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) will soon sign a peace agreement with the Indonesian government came as a pleasant surprise to Indonesians who had long wanted to see the bloody conflict there to come to an end. Nevertheless, it also invites curiosity as to why the rebels suddenly agreed to enter into a peace agreement with the government. The secessionist movement, which has been fighting for independence since 1976, had always refused to settle for anything less than a nation separated from the Republic of Indonesia. Over 10,000 people, mostly innocent civilians, have been killed in the conflict.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia split over terror response Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's hand in fighting growing militancy in the country was strengthened yesterday after the two largest Muslim groups here backed her government's tough new anti-terrorism regulations. But the support from the Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah organisations was tempered with a warning to security forces: The law should not be used carte blanche against all Muslim radicals in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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