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Hatta Rajasa continues his silence Hatta Rajasa, the running mate of Prabowo Subianto, continued to remain silent until Thursday following Prabowos declaration to reject the July 9 presidential election and withdraw from the remaining election process two days ago.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 16:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo rejects presidential election process Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto here Tuesday rejected the presidential election process saying that there have been massive electoral frauds during the election day.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 15:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Information ministry reprimands two TV stations The Ministry of Communication and Informatics has issued stern warning to two public TV stations--Metro TV and TV One--for imbalance over coverage of elections, Minister Tifatul Sembiring said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 21 July 2014 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU asks two candidates to respect official results The General Elections Commission (KPU) Chairman Husni Kamil Manik has called on both the presidential candidate pairs to respect the official results of the presidential election by the KPU.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 17:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Minister: 'Presidential election proceeds peacefully' The presidential election had run smoothly and peacefully without any significant obstacles, stated Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "The implementation of the election has proceeded well," the defense minister noted after observing the pacification of the election at the Jakarta Military Commands Post in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi Votes in Central Jakarta polling booth Presidential candidate Joko Widodo or popularly known as Jokowi is using his right to vote here on Wednesday at polling booth number 18 in Menteng subdistrict, Central Jakarta. According to Antaras observation, the security near polling booth location was heavily guarded by the police.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 10:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TV station slammed for reporting Jokowi is a communist The Jokowi-JK campaign has criticized a private television station for reporting that Jokowi is a communist. "The report is tendentious and unethical," the campaigns spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said in a press statement received here on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizens overseas to give votes earlier The Indonesian citizens overseas will vote for the Indonesian presidential elections on July 4--6, 2014 earlier than the July 9 presidential elections in the country, a general election commissioner said.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security situation remains conducive ahead of election Security situation in Indonesia remains conducive ahead of the presidential election on July 9, deputy chief of the National Police, Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti, said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 02 July 2014 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi clarifies smear campaign before Banten ulemas Presidential hopeful Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has clarified smear campaign against him when he met ulemas at Al-Khairiyah Islamic boarding school in Cilegon. "Rumors saying that I will abolish rice distribution for the poor and the teacher certification program are slander. In fact, if Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla pair wins, we will increase them," Jokowi said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 July 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Election Commision reschedules presidential debate The General Elections Commission (KPU) has amended the schedule of next Sundays vice presidential debate from 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. after the Muslims evening "Taraweh" prayers, stated KPU Commissioner Sigit Pamungkas.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta, Jokowi-JK gaining balanced support The Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK) presidential candidate pairs are still gaining balanced public support, noted a survey institute director.

Posted in Elections @ 12 June 2014 20:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Whirlwind damages tens of houses in Batam Several areas in Batam City of Riau Archipelago bore the brunt of a whirlwind, which caused minor to major damages to tens of houses on early Thursday.

Posted in Weather @ 12 June 2014 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi using unpaid volunteers to campaign for him Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo alias Jokowi, as he is popularly called, claimed he is using unpaid volunteers to support his bid for president in the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 30 May 2014 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


GP Ansor throws weight behind Jokowi for president The Central Java provincial chapter of Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor) of Nahdatul Ulama, the countrys largest non political Islamic organization, said it threw its weight behind Joko Widodo (Jokowi), one of two candidates to contest the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 27 May 2014 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Jokowi becomes target of rivals' Political observer Arbi Sanit of the University of Indonesia said efforts were being made to tarnish the name of presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) through an alleged corruption case in the procurement of Transjakarta buses.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo names Mahfud MD success team chairman Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked former Constitutional Court chairman Mahfud MD to be the chairman of his presidential elections success team.

Posted in Elections @ 21 May 2014 08:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President permits Jokowi to run for president President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he had officially permitted Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to contest for the presidents post in the July 9, 2014, presidential election.

Posted in Politics @ 13 May 2014 23:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Analyst: 'Kalla perfect running mate for Jokowi' Former vice president M. Jusuf Kalla is the perfect vice presidential candidate for Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who is running for president in the presidential election held next July 9, political analyst from Pelita Harapan University Embrus Sihombing said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2014 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia kicks off parliamentary elections Indonesians cast their votes in parliamentary elections held simultaneously across the nation, which is the biggest democracy after India and the United States, on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 07:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Jokowi wants small group in political coalition Presidential candidate from Indonesian democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that he wanted a small group of party coalition if he gets elected as Indonesian president.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 15:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body questions brother-in-law of suspended governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Tubagus Haerul Jaman, the younger brother-in-law of the suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, in an alleged bribery case in a regional head election dispute in Banten province.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2014 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hary Tanoe to face legal action over Miss World contest National entrepreneur Hary Tanoesoedibyo said he is ready to face legal action if he had violated the law by organising the 2013 Miss World contest in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Miss World`s final round moved to Bali CEO of MNC Group Hary Tanoesoedibjo expressed his disappointment over the government`s decision to centralise all activities of the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant in Bali, following protests from Islamic organisations.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Youth Alliance rejects radical organizations Several members of the Dvipa Bali Youth Alliance staged a protest outside Bali Police Headquarters here on Monday to denounce the presence of radical organizations in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI Attempting to March on Bali Tempo.com reports that around 100 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) from East Java are attempting to cross over on the ferry crossing from Ketapang, East Java to Gilimanuk, Bali. The group is reportedly intent on disrupting the Miss World Competition being held at Nusa Dua, Bali.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2013 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Miss World contest to be staged only in Bali The Indonesian government has announced that the Miss World 2013 pageant will only be held in Bali. "We have revised the security permit (allowing) it to be held completely in Bali. So changes have been made with regard to Miss World activities according to what the public wanted and the development interests of Indonesian tourism."

Posted in General @ 07 September 2013 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'No division over Miss World beauty contest' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali denied that the government has been divided over the holding of Miss World beauty pageant in Indonesia. He said on Tuesday that no common perception has been reached among the ministries on this issue.

Posted in Religion @ 03 September 2013 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police general allegedly involved in money laundering The Corruption Eradication Commission summoned head of the police traffic corps Insp. Gen. Pudji Hartanto for questioning in a money laundering case with his predecessor Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, as a suspect.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 March 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Impeached district head not to contest supreme court ruling Aceng HM Fikri, the district head of Garut who had caused an uproar after he divorced his new young wife just days after marriage, said he would not contest the Supreme Court` ruling for his dismissal.

Posted in Politics @ 23 January 2013 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian revives state ideology with shadow puppet shows In an attempt to revive the national ideology of "Pancasila" and raise awareness about its five main principles, the Indonesian government has been organizing shadow puppet shows across the country.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2012 18:51 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


120 sailing ships to participate in Sail Morotai At least 120 sailing ships from Indonesia and other countries will participate in the upcoming international marine event of Sail Morotai, to be held in the Morotai Islands district, North Maluku, in mid-September 2012.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Freeport continues to improve shortcomings The management of the US-based copper and gold mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia in Mimika, Papua, has continued to improve its shortcomings it has felt so far, a Freeport executive said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 December 2011 08:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI forces waria model contest to stop The true face of radical Islam in Indonesia, represented by the Islamic idiots that call themselves Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front, FPI), have closed down a modeling contest for waria (men dressed as women). Their demand was that no such activity was to be held in any circumstance.

Posted in Religion @ 02 December 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court upholds ban on 'Balibo' Calling the film "violent" and "sensitive", the Jakarta State Administrative Court upheld a ban on the Australian feature film Balibo. A panel of judges ruled that the Film Censorship Board (LSF) had fulfilled the administrative procedures required to ban the controversial film. The court agreed with the LSF’s argument that the film "can open old wounds".

Posted in Politics @ 07 August 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #21 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 11 April 2010 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #20 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 21 March 2010 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #19 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 26 February 2010 04:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Denpasar will organise ogoh-ogoh contest To welcome the Balinese New Year of Nyepi, which will be observed in March this year, the city of Denpasar has announced that it will organize an ogoh-ogoh contest in the city. It has informed all banjar - village community groups - to join the contest, that should also become a tourist attraction.

Posted in Religion @ 21 January 2010 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No Zivanna Letisha Siregar as Miss Universe Zivanna Letisha Siregar did not make it until the final 15 contestants for Miss Universe. However she lead the popular vote on the internet website with a fairly large majority, she was eventually not choosen to compete among the last fifteen. She failed to advance to the bathing suit round.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Miss Indonesia Zivanna Letisha Siregar most popular The Indonesian contestant currently competing in the Miss Universe competition, Zivanna Letisha Siregar, leads the online poll sponsored by the event. In the poll, in which tens of thousands of visitors have voted for their favorite woman, the Indonesian is followed by Brazilian Larissa Costa and Guatemalan Lourdes Figueroa.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's Democrat Party wins Indonesia's election The ruling Democrat Party led by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won the republic’s legislative election, winning 148 seats. The final results of the April 9 election, announced by the election commission last night, showed that the Democrat controlled 26.43% of the 560-seat parliament.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2009 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian election campaigns kicks off Political parties started to campaign on Monday to get people support in direct legislative election on April 9 and presidential election on July 8. The political parties gathered here in the capital of Jakarta vowing to conduct a peaceful campaign, amid the concern that clashes among supporters of political parties may occur. The 21-day campaign will end on April 5.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia: Youth key to new political party In the lead-up to Indonesia’s 2009 elections, a new left party has been formed. The National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas) was founded on the basis of three main demands: the cancellation of Indonesia’s foreign debt, the nationalisation of the minerals sector, including oil and gas, and national industrialisation.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia files $1.5 billion lawsuit against Suharto Indonesia has filed a 1,5 billion US dollar case against former president Suharto and a foundation that gave education scholarships that was controlled by him in a bid to recover funds allegedly misused during his 32 years in power.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2007 01:27 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


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military ordered Australian journalist deaths According to official omitted government reports, 5 young Australian journalists were executed on the orders of Indonesian military chiefs. George Brownbill, a top lawyer contests the official story that all 5 journalists were caught in a crossfire in Balibo while covering the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesian forces.

Posted in General @ 09 December 2006 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landmark election campaign begins in Aceh The candidates for the leaders of Aceh province in Indonesia began a two-week-long official campaign on Friday to compete over the positions of governor and mayors, the provincial electoral commission said. "The campaign starts today, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7," M. Jafar, chairman of the commission, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Posted in Elections @ 25 November 2006 14:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: Suharto should face corruption charges Indonesia's former dictator Suharto should stand trial on charges he embezzled at least US$600 million during his 32-year reign, his successor was quoted Friday as saying. The attorney general's office said recently it was dropping the long stalled graft-case against Suharto, who was overthrown in 1998 amid nationwide riots, citing a heart problem and a series of strokes that left him with brain damage.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2006 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran's President arrives in Indonesia amid N-row Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Jakarta early Wednesday for a visit during which he may ask Indonesia to play a mediating role with Western nations over his country's contested nuclear program, AFP reported. Ahmadinejad was greeted amid tight security by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda and about two dozen Indonesian and Iranian officials.

Posted in Politics @ 10 May 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes for Aceh elections in August Elections in Indonesia's volatile Aceh province may be held in August if the parliament passes a bill on governing the region by next month, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday. Elections are a key component of a landmark Finnish-brokered peace pact signed between Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 April 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Irian Jaya political showdown brewing With only two days left before the direct gubernatorial elections in West Irian Jaya, the divide between supporters and opponents of the polls deepened on Thursday. The Papuan People's Assembly (MRP), representing Papuans opposed to the elections, met with political leaders in Jakarta and warned of civil unrest if the elections proceed as planned in the province, whose establishment they claim is illegal.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Should Miss Indonesia compete in swimsuit? Miss Indonesia has glossy black hair and a law degree, smiles constantly and talks about helping children. In many ways, she is the ideal Miss Universe contestant. But Artika Sari Devi faces one major obstacle in competing in the Miss Universe pageant May 30 - wearing a swimsuit. To Islamic clerics and many others, an Indonesian Muslim woman showing bare skin would be a public slap against Islam and a national embarrassment.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2005 00:02 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


KPU launches computerized vote counting A new-and-improved computerized vote counting system was ready for the presidential election and would help to reduce vote-rigging in the poll, the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Sunday. As in the legislative election and the first round of the presidential election, the computerized vote counting will provide the public with updates from polling stations nationwide.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge problems await next president Over 100 million people are expected to flock to hundreds of thousands of polling stations on Monday to cast their votes in the final round of the country's first-ever direct presidential election. While recognizing Monday's election as a significant milestone in the country's democratization process, experts nevertheless warned on Sunday against putting too much hope in the next president.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will celebrate its 59 anniversary on Tuesday and many people nationwide are planning to welcome the anniversary by holding festivities around the special day. The Jakarta Post talked to city residents on what they planned to do on Aug. 17.

Posted in History @ 17 August 2004 00:00 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


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


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


Susilo warns of possible violence if vote goes to second round Front-runner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono cast his ballot on Monday in Indonesia's first direct presidential election and warned of the threat of violence if the contest goes to a second-round runoff. The ex-general, who had 43.5 percent support in a survey published last week, needs more than 50 percent to avoid the runoff on Sept. 20 between the top two candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singing general poised to win Hafi, a 35-year-old businessman, is nostalgic for the old days of military dictatorship in Indonesia. Six years after the democratic overthrow of military ruler Suharto, he is fed up with the turmoil that he blames on civilian leadership. And so on Monday he will vote for one of Suharto's former generals, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a charismatic populist who has soared dramatically to the top of the polls in Indonesia's presidential contest.

Posted in Elections @ 03 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


Media on the payroll Koran Indonesia looks deceptively like a normal newspaper, but is clearly slanted to make Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government look good. "The economy has recovered," reads one headline, while another announces: "Farmers are getting wealthier." The paper appeared on newsstands on the first day of campaigning for Indonesia's first direct presidential elections, and it comes as no surprise that it's funded by Megawati's campaign team.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


[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


Yudhoyono & Kalla team up for presidential election Indonesian presidential favorite Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has picked a respected cabinet member as his running mate for the July 5 election, officials said on Sunday, dealing a blow to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Social welfare minister Jusuf Kalla would partner Yudhoyono in the country's presidential election, said Akbar Tandjung, chairman of Golkar, the party of ousted autocrat Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 19 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party claims victory in April voting Indonesia's Golkar Party, the ruling party under former President Suharto, claimed victory in Indonesia's elections. Golkar Chairman Akbar Tandjung said his party is set to oust President Megawati Soekarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 April 2004 00:01 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


Dead candidate wins votes in Indonesia A candidate in last week's legislative elections in Indonesia won nearly 800 votes despite having died three months ago, poll officials said. "It's a bit ridiculous," said Andi Mappinawang, an election committee member in south Sulawesi province where the mix-up occurred. "Maybe the voters didn't know that he had died."

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:03 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


Confusion clouds yesterdays polls Indonesians were voting in parliamentary elections yesterday in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Nearly 600,000 polling stations opened in stages across the three time zones of the world's most populous Muslim country amid tight security. The ballot has been billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

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


Security tight for Indonesia polls Indonesians have begun voting in parliamentary elections in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened in stages across the world's most populous Muslim nation amid tight security in what is billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

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


Polls open for parliamentary elections Indonesians began voting in parliamentary elections Monday in a contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened at around 8 a.m. (7 p.m. EDT, Sunday), about one hour late, in the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura in eastern Indonesia. Polling stations had yet to open in some towns in the province, where demands for independence have simmered for decades. Officials were rushing to set up tents and ballot boxes in those areas.

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


Indonesia looks set for a highly uncertain post-election period Two things are fairly certain about Indonesia's upcoming general election on Monday. The first is that the outcome of the poll remains uncertain; the second is that more political uncertainty is the last thing Indonesia's economy needs this year. Five years ago, Indonesia held it's first "free and fair" election in decades, with more than 90 percent of the electorate flocking to the polls in a celebratory mood to cast their votes for change after 32 years of dictatorial rule under former autocrat president Suharto.

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


Election becomes family affair Indonesia's parliamentary election is largely a tale of two former strongmen and their daughters. As the April 5 election approaches, the three daughters of Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president, and one of ex-dictator Suharto are hoping to capitalize on their political pedigrees and on nostalgia for a past many Indonesians think was better than the current messy democracy. It shows the power of a famous face in a country where few parties have coherent political platforms or policies to deal with endemic corruption.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Icons, not issues, fill Indonesian campaign ads He's 82, ailing, and doesn't get out much, but Indonesia's autocratic ex-president Suharto is all over TV screens these days in ads for a political party whose main campaigner is his tycoon daughter Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana. The ads for next month's parliamentary election start with a housewife suggesting that viewers "don't think too much, just go for Suharto". Then farmers are seen saying that they crave a return of what is called the Suharto era of economic stability.

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


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 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


Parties strive to meet deadline All 24 parties contesting this April's polls managed to submit their revised candidature documents on Monday to the General Elections Commission (KPU), but only thanks to the commission's leniency. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Social Democratic Labor Party (PBSD), the Indonesian Unity Party (PSI), the United Democratic Nationhood Party (PPDK), and the Democratic Party only managed to get their documents in between five and 10 minutes after the 4 p.m. deadline.

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


Megawati: Neutrality of civil servants in elections important The neutrality of the Indonesian Civil Servants Corps (KORPRI) as a bureaucratic engine is crucial to the success of the general elections in 2004, President Megawati Soekarnoputri said here on Thursday. "Your neutral role is immensely important for next year's elections," Megawati told about 10,000 civil servants during the commemoration of the corps' 32nd anniversary in Lembang, about 20 kilometers north of West Java provincial capital Bandung.

Posted in Elections @ 19 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties draw their electoral numbers Shouts of joy and superstition marked the draw on Monday to determine the numerical order of the 24 parties that will contest the 2004 elections. President Megawati Soekarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) drew number 18, House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung's Golkar Party drew number 20, Vice President Hamzah Haz' United Development Party was number 5, the National Awakening Party (PKB) 15th, the National Mandate Party (PAN) 13th and the Crescent Star Party number 3.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old forces contest election The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Sunday 24 political parties eligible to contest the 2004 polls, with analysts expressing concern of the possible revival of the New Order. Daniel Sparringa of the Surabaya-based Airlangga University warned that New Order pedigrees would take over the lead in the fight for reform as parties that claimed to promote the spirit of democracy wasted the momentum.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:02 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


Tutut may join presidential race Former president Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana has been asked to run for the presidency in next year election, a move that could pave the way for the return of the old forces onto the country's political stage. Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) chairman Gen. (ret) Raden Hartono asked Tutut on Wednesday to become his party's sole torch bearer, claiming that people across the country wanted her to run.

Posted in Elections @ 04 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


Nationwide campaign for election system begins President Megawati Soekarnoputri launched on Monday a joint nationwide campaign with the General Elections Commission (KPU) to introduce the new electoral system to ensure the success of the 2004 general elections. Saying that the country would hold its first ever direct presidential election in 2004, Megawati said it was important for the information dissemination process to begin as early as possible.

Posted in Elections @ 28 October 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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