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Wiranto: 'Abduction of activists Prabowo`s personal initiative' Former defense minister and commander of the then Indonesian armed forces, retired General Wiranto, stated here on Thursday that the kidnapping of activists in 1998 was the personal initiative of Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo, then commander of the armys special Kopassus forces, had taken the initiative and had personally admitted it, Wiranto said.

Posted in History @ 19 June 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes' It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto starts election campaign in Blitar General Chairman of the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura) Wiranto began his partys campaign activities for the April 9 legislative elections in Blitar, East Java, on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 March 2014 17:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Local government organizes free homebound travel More than 10,000 Idul Fitri homebound travelers aboard 190 free buses left Jakarta for various destinations in Central Java on Saturday. Central Java Deputy Governor Rustriningsih saw off the homebound travelers at Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum in the Indonesia-in-miniature park (TMII), East Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 03 August 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hanura names Wiranto presidential candidate The People`s Conscience Party (Hanura) officially named Wiranto and Hary Tanoesoedibjo as its presidential and vice presidential candidate pair-up for the 2014 presidential race here on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 02 July 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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


Wiranto ready to be re-nominated for presidential candidate The General Chairman of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura), Wiranto, expressed his readiness to be re-nominated as a presidential candidate for the election in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 23 December 2011 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · 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


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


24 new parties for 2009 general election in Indonesia Twenty-four new political parties in Indonesia meet qualifications as legal entities after they have passed the verification process held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, local English newspaper the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. "Only 24 of the 115 registered parties eventually fulfilled all the administrative requirements, including having offices in at least 20 provinces," Aidir Amin Daud, the ministry's director of public institutions said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2008 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One day aboard KRI Dewaruci It was about a week ago, at a Saturday morning, that I was thinking about whether I should to all the way to Amsterdam to have a look at some boats, because that's in fact wat Sail 2005 had to offer, a long line of boats, moored to the city's cays. Most of them open for public, so ordinary people were also able to take a look aboard. One of those ships was the Indonesian tall-ship KRI Dewaruci, a ship that is used by TNI-AL (The naval forces of the Indonesian Army) for training purposes. I hadn't seen the ship before, but going there just for that is a little too much. A quick look at their website and I wrapped up my stuff to go out anyway.

Posted in Military @ 29 August 2005 00:00 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


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


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


Indonesia's Megawati gets election boost Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gained a boost in her effort for a fresh term in office after Golkar, the party that won most of the votes in recent parliamentary elections, endorsed her. Megawati, whose Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDI-P) lost its mantle as the leading party in the parliament to Golkar in the April polls, faces her former security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in a September 20 presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 16 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court throws out Wiranto's election appeal An Indonesian court on Monday dismissed an appeal from presidential hopeful Wiranto against the July 5 election results, ending the ex-general's bid for the country's top job. Former military chief Wiranto appealed to the constitutional court last week, arguing that he lost more than 5.4 million votes due to irregularities in the first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 10 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo tops first round of Indonesia vote Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono topped the first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential election and will face incumbent Megawati Soekarnoputri in a September run-off, the election commission (KPU) said on Monday. Susilo, who rose from rank outsider to hot favorite after resigning from Megawati's cabinet during a heated row earlier this year, had the highest number of votes but less than the 50 percent needed to prevent the Sept. 20 run-off, election commission officials said. Megawati came second in the race among five candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 26 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 25 july 21:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 21:00 p.m. Monday Jakarta time. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 106.907.594

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


Amien Rais says shocked by defeat in presidential election National Assembly Speaker Amien Rais said he was shocked by his defeat in Indonesia's presidential election. With almost 104 million votes, or around 82 percent of the total, tallied after the July 5 first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential polls, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had 34 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 15 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 12 july 22:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 22:00 p.m. Monday Jakarta time. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 95.950.549

Posted in Elections @ 12 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Market drops over fear Susilo may lose The Jakarta stock market fell on Thursday, with some analysts saying an key factor was fears "market favorite" Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono might fail to win the president's job. The Jakarta Composite Index ended lower by 1.54 percent or 11.92 points, to 759.742, on volume of 1.72 billion shares traded worth Rp 908.78 billion (US$101 million). Stock analyst Fendi A. Susiyanto of BNI Securities said the decline was attributable to profit-taking by investors following concerns Susilo might lose the runoff on Sept. 20 to incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri or Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 08 july 18:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 18:00 p.m. Thursday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 79.054.655

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


Provisional results Presidential election @ 07 july 22:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 22:00 p.m. Wednesday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 70.692.339

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:06 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


Provisional results Presidential election @ 07 july 11:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 57.753.908

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


Yudhoyono wins, but second-round vote likely Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won Indonesia's presidential race with 33.2% of the vote, but the General Election Commission believes millions of ballots may be invalid. Election officials ordered a national vote recount after early results showed "tens of millions" of votes might have been spoiled in Monday’s inaugural presidential elections.

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


Provisional results Presidential election @ 06 july 18:30 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 18:30 p.m. Tuesday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 39.386.772

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 06 july 11:30 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 9:50 p.m. on Monday. The number of votes are those which are processed until 9:50 and do not represent a regional result. The results below are based on a total of 15.942.896 counted votes. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now.

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 05 july 21:50 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 9:50 p.m. on Monday. The number of votes are those which are processed until 9:50 and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recount ordered in poll chaos Indonesia's election authority last night ordered a nationwide recount of votes as the country's first direct presidential election descended into confusion over millions of votes wrongly declared invalid. A spokeswoman for the General Election Commission, Sinta Satriana, told the Herald recounting would take place in all 32 provinces in an attempt to work out the total votes for each of the five pairs of presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 05 july 18:20 Presidential election provisional result as of Monday, July 7, 2004 at 6:20 p.m.:

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


Polls close in Indonesia Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared in the lead as polls closed in Indonesia's presidential election Monday, but a runoff is still expected. Public opinion surveys show incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri trailing behind Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from Megawati's Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia voting in first direct presidential poll Indonesians today began voting in their first direct presidential election, six years after the fall of dictator Suharto. Polls opened first in Papua province in eastern Indonesia, two hours ahead of the capital of Jakarta. Public opinion surveys have shown incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri – daughter of the country’s founding father, Sukarno – trailing behind to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from her Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:01 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


Megawati says she set foundation for development Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri, in her last televised debate before seeking re- election on Monday, said her three-year-old government set the foundation for the country's economic recovery. ``As a nation, we are required to continue the development that we have achieved so far or to start from a new beginning,'' she told a panel on the all-news MetroTV channel. ``The answer will certainly be -- to continue to develop from a strong foundation, to reduce poverty, provide more jobs and improve people's welfare.''

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


Indonesia polls favor former general The strains of a hearty tenor filtered out from behind the closed door of hotel room 103. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the front-runner in Indonesia's presidential race, was rehearsing a tune he would sing that morning to voters in this highland town in western Indonesia. "I know you love me, so you will choose me," the thickset former general could be heard crooning in the local Batak dialect, practicing the lyrics he learned minutes earlier, just as he has been practicing for the country's top job for the last several years.

Posted in Elections @ 28 June 2004 00:01 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


East Timor judge issues arrest warrant for Wiranto A judge in East Timor on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Indonesian presidential candidate Wiranto for crimes against humanity in the territory in 1999. "On 10 May, 2004, an international judge at the Special Panel for Serious Crimes in East Timor issued an arrest warrant for retired General Wiranto," prosecutors from the Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) said in a statement. Wiranto was military chief when army-backed militiamen waged a bloody campaign against independence supporters in the then-Indonesian territory.

Posted in Crime @ 10 May 2004 00:04 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


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


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


Former general Wiranto runs for president The Golkar party of ex-dictator Suharto on Wednesday chose a former general indicted for rights abuses in East Timor as its presidential candidate in Indonesian elections in July. Gen. Wiranto, who rose through the army ranks to become military chief under Suharto, is seen as a force for change in the party and has tapped into the desire among some voters for a return to the former strongman's era, when the economy was prosperous and the country secure.

Posted in Elections @ 21 April 2004 00:01 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


Police detain 23 during protests ahead of elections in Makassar Police said they detained 23 demonstrators in South Sulawesi province Saturday during protests across the country ahead of Monday's general elections. The protesters in Makassar, the South Sulawesi capital, were demonstrating in front of the local elections commission office, provincial police spokesman Andi Nurmantahia told AFP by telephone. "They had no permission," he said, adding that intelligence officers were questioning 23 of the protesters.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:03 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


Prosecutors urge arrest of Wiranto Prosecutors in East Timor have intensified their push for the arrest of former Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) commander Wiranto, citing "voluminous" evidence that he failed to prevent crimes against humanity in the territory in 1999. The deputy general prosecutor for serious crimes last Thursday (19/3/04) filed a 92-page court brief to the UN-sponsored Serious Crimes Unit in support of its application for the issuance of an arrest warrant against Wiranto.

Posted in Crime @ 24 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar chairman hopes for 30% of vote in Indonesia polls Indonesia's upcoming parliamentary election is expected to be a very tight race between the ruling PDIP and Golkar. Golkar Chairman Akbar Tandjung told Channel NewsAsia in an exclusive interview that his party is fighting to be number one, although he acknowledged this will be tough. He hopes Golkar can garner one third of the votes.

Posted in Elections @ 16 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


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


Judge resigns after corruption ruling quashed An Indonesian judge said last night he would quit in protest after a court overturned a draft ruling against parliamentary speaker and presidential hopeful Akbar Tandjung. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling that Tandjung was guilty in a case involving about EUR 3,3 million in funds from state food agency Bulog.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamengku Buwono X quits race as rival cleared of corruption A decision by Indonesia's top court to quash the corruption conviction of Akbar Tandjung, the House speaker, has had an immediate political impact with a popular candidate for the presidential nomination of his Golkar party pulling out in protest. Indonesia's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a three-year sentence against Mr Tandjung for misappropriating Rp40bn ($4.8m, €3.7m, £2.5m) in state funds in adecision labelled by local activists as an embarrassment for the country's judiciary and Jakarta's supposed fight against corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Akbar Tandjung sentence quashed Indonesia's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tandjung, clearing the way for his presidential bid which could bring Suharto's Golkar party back to power. Tandjung had been convicted in 2002 of misappropriating nearly $5 million in state funds in 1999 under President B.J. Habibie, who took office after long-time ruler Suharto was forced to resign.

Posted in Elections @ 12 February 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General runs for President in Indonesia As he flew over the coal mines and shrimp farms that dot Indonesia's part of Borneo island, a smiling Gen. Wiranto couldn't contain himself. ``Did you see how they touched me?'' he said. ``It was as if I was Michael Jackson and they were my fans.'' Wiranto had come from a campaign rally in this gritty industrial town 750 miles northeast of Jakarta, where supporters jostled to touch him and chanted ``Long live Wiranto.''

Posted in Elections @ 11 February 2004 00:02 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


Indonesia faces three national elections in 2004, including a presidential vote, but they are unlikely to bring fundamental change. Citizens are increasingly disillusioned with the half-decade of democracy and “money politics” they have experienced since the collapse of Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order.

Posted in Politics @ 18 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati poll rival put on US watch list The US State Department has put six current and former Indonesian military officers, including a leading presidential candidate, on a watch list of indicted war criminals, in effect barring them from entering the United States, US Government officials say. The list includes Wiranto, the former head of the armed forces and a leading presidential candidate in this year's elections. The Defence Department once considered Wiranto a reform-minded professional.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just when investors might have been thinking it was safe to look at Indonesia a little less skeptically, the biggest banking scandal to hit the country since the central bank liquidity scandal, this one involving Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and allegedly fraudulent letters of credit, has shattered confidence yet again. With BNI marked for semi-privatization next year, the scandal could hardly have come at a worse time. It highlights concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over corporate governance in Indonesia and the central Bank Indonesia's failure to detect the scam until a year after it allegedly began.

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


Suharto era continues to cloud Indonesia's political life A.M. Fatwa, the deputy speaker of Indonesia's parliament, has cause to be angry. In 1984, after protesting against the massacre by soldiers of Islamic activists near Jakarta's port of Tanjung Priok, he was arrested, tortured and then spent nine years in prison, five years under house arrest and wrote 13 books highlighting the abuses of the 32-year rule of the former president Suharto.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Timor troops to study in Indonesia East Timor's foreign minister said his country planned to send soldiers to study in Indonesia's military academies - the same ones that schooled the army which brutally occupied his nation. Jose Ramos-Horta's comments come as East Timor holds rights trials for abuses committed by Indonesian troops and its proxy militias before and after voters overwhelmingly approved its independence in a UN-sponsored referendum in 1999.

Posted in Military @ 14 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta general found guilty in Timor rampage Indonesia's human rights tribunal yesterday convicted Brigadier-General Noer Muis, a former military chief in then-East Timor, of crimes against humanity committed just before its independence referendum in 1999. Gen Noer, who served as a colonel in charge of 10,000 troops at that time, is the highest-ranked Indonesian military officer to be found guilty by the courts on Timor-related charges to date.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws forces from Papua The Indonesian military has started withdrawing its Kopassus special forces from Papua province where members of the elite unit have been linked to the murder of an independence leader two years ago, military officials said on Thursday. "The TNI will withdraw all Kopassus troops from Papua because the security situation there is improving," said Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) chief General Endriartono Sutarto.

Posted in Military @ 02 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN indicts Indonesian generals The UN has indicted the former Indonesian armed forces chief along with six other generals and East Timor's ex-governor for crimes against humanity during the territory's bloody independence vote in 1999. "The accused have all been charged with crimes against humanity for murder, deportation and persecution," the United Nations said in a statement issued in the East Timorese capital of Dili.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bumpy road ahead to polls next year Brace yourselves - the next 18 months are going to be tense and turbulent as Indonesia heads down a bumpy road to the 2004 polls. Talk to political insiders and you will hear riveting accounts of how close some quarters of the Indonesian military came to seizing power two weeks ago, in the face of popular opposition to the Megawati government's slashing of some subsidies. The word 'coup' trips lightly off many lips.

Posted in Elections @ 04 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Red-faced Sutiyoso admits owning villa in forbidden area City Governor Sutiyoso probably feels a bit reluctant to deplore any further the development of villas in mountainous Puncak resort, Bogor, which were believed to have contributed to the recent floods in the city, after he was"caught red handed" owning a villa himself.

Posted in Politics @ 19 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter secret bunker, but fail to find Tommy After two days of continuous drilling, police officers on Tuesday eventually broke into an air-conditioned underground bunker below the Central Jakarta home of the fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra. Secretary to the city police detectives chief, Adj. Snr. Comr. Abdullah, said police spent all of Tuesday afternoon making an inventory of what was found in the four meter by four meter room.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bunker search leads police to drill into Tommy's home Using drills and jack hammers until late on Monday night, the police were still trying to open an alleged underground bunker below the residence of fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, despite President Abdurrahman Wahid's claim that Tommy was hiding in a former general's house. "We need special equipment to continue drilling into the floor of Tommy's fitness center. We have gone a little beyond 20 centimeters, and we'll keep on going until we reach it," Comr. Rycko Amelza Daniel of the City Police Detectives unit told The Jakarta Post on Monday night.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police search for Tommy focuses on Jakarta, Surabaya The National Police's two-month search for fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra is now being focused on Jakarta and the East Java capital of Surabaya. "I repeat, the National Police has never arrested Tommy to date. Our sources indicate that Tommy is either in Surabaya or Jakarta," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Saleh Saaf told reporters on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names 19 as suspects in East Timor violence An East Timorese fisherman on Friday paddles by graves of those killed by anti-independence militiamen in last year's violence in Maubara, west of Dili, East Timor List includes three generals, but omits Wiranto.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2000 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigation team on East Timor atrocities inaugurated The government named a 79-member team Wednesday to investigate human rights violations in East Timor during the last days of Indonesian rule in the province. The team includes 38 prosecutors and 16 police officers and has a three-month mandate to conduct an inquiry of last year's campaign of rape, murder and destruction.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 April 2000 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur reveals coup attempt The uneasy relationship between President Abdurrahman Wahid and the Indonesian Military (TNI) was again highlighted on Tuesday with the revelation of a coup attempt by some regional military commanders.Speaking on state TVRI's "Coffee Morning with Gus Dur", broadcast live on Tuesday morning, the President said he was not worried at all about the generals' rebellion attempt, saying the majority of the people remained fully behind him.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2000 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just recently I even had Indonesian television on the internet. I regularly listen and read reports and messages like they are presented over there. We all know there is no better result to get than the duo of "Gus Dur" ( Abdurrahman Wahid ) and Sukarnoputri ( Megawati ). Of course the Wiranto-army thought about a coup d'état, but they didn't, because they knew they would get a war between Indonesia and the rest of the world for sure. It only were the first democratic elections ever in Indonesia, and Indonesia is one of the most rich countries in the world. If there was nothing to get, the world wouldn't care more or less about Indonesia at all. . Our evolution learned us that one of the three magic words, God, Money and Health, won clearly. Nowadays I write in my letters and other stories God as well as Money with a capital "M". Money doesn't make happy, but is most important in this world. Above all it's not easy to enjoy your happieness without any money. . Pathetic Trading . In the tourist places like Kuta and Ubud ( Bali ), and undoubtedly somewhere else either, young women who are to lame to work can rent a baby to get money from the tourists, begging at tourists that is.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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