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Garut regent impeached for illegal marriage The Garut Legislative Council (DPRD) on Friday recommended the dismissal of Garut Regent Aceng Fikri after finding him guilty of violating the code of ethics and breaking the oath of office - for his undertaking of an unregistered marriage with a teenager.

Posted in Politics @ 22 December 2012 00:45 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


Effort to revoke ban on Indon communist party fails A controversial proposal to legalize Indonesia's Communist Party - banned in 1966 by former president Suharto - has failed to win approval from the country's top legislative body. Members of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party who had pushed for the ban to be repealed, said Monday the effort ran into opposition from a majority of factions in the 700-member People's Consultative Assembly.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati unveils her team Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has named a new cabinet she hopes will revive the country's flailing economy. Two respected technocrats got the nod for the top economic posts, promotions viewed as welcome news for the country's efforts to cement economic recovery and repair the shattered financial system.

Posted in Politics @ 09 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nothing nurtures confidence after a change in government more than the rapid installation of a cabinet filled with seasoned professionals. That was supposed to happen within a few days of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's inauguration on July 23. It didn't happen. Then she was to finalize the list with freshly chosen vice president Hamzah Haz on July 30. No such luck. Instead, there has been relentless negotiation between officials of the big parties as Megawati was confronted by a reality of Indonesian politics — cabinet-making as a rush for the spoils.

Posted in Politics @ 07 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati Sukarnoputri was born to power. But in order to wield it for the benefit of Indonesia, she will have to learn to work with, and control, the powerbrokers in parliament and the military. Can she do it? On a day when most business executives in Jakarta were chasing rumors about the possible shape of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's cabinet, investment banker Tim Gray was past caring. Let others worry whether her government will prove any more stable than that of her impeached predecessor, Abdurrahman Wahid. Gray is leaving town. "The type of deals I do, the movement of capital into this market, those sources of capital have dried up," he says. After more than 10 years in Jakarta, he left his job as president of Development Capital, a privately held investment bank, and headed to Dubai. It's a departure with regrets, says the American-born banker. But even with Megawati as president, there's no sense staying. "They've dug themselves a deep hole. To dig themselves out is going to take years."

Posted in Politics @ 06 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur suspends MPR, DPR President Abdurrahman Wahid suspended the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) just after 1 a.m. on Monday, only hours before it was due to start an impeachment process. The President also froze Golkar, the former ruling party during the Soeharto years and now rank second largest after the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan).

Posted in Politics @ 23 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


PDI-P urges MPR to hold snap special session The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) ended its three-day national working meeting on Saturday with nine resolutions, including the decision to support an accelerated People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) special session should President Abdurrahman Wahid go ahead with his controversial policies.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Breaking in a new boss is always a complicated task. That's especially the case at the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency, responsible for almost $50 billion in corporate assets and bad debts surrendered to the government during Asia's economic crisis. You'd think IBRA staffers would have a neat routine in place by now, having greeted six new bosses since the agency was formed in 1998 — two in the past eight months. But it's always a pain. "People are demoralized," said one insider. This time round Edwin Gerungan, a career banker known for his honesty, was replaced by I Putu Ary Suta, a former head of the capital markets regulatory board.

Posted in Politics @ 05 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur told to avoid state of emergency Ministers and security authorities expressed hopes on Wednesday that embattled President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid would not declare a state of emergency, as a last resort, to survive his political life. Coordinating Minister for Political, Social and Security Affairs Agum Gumelar said he was working hard to avoid national disintegration and any declaration of a state of emergency.

Posted in Politics @ 28 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid renews state of emergency threat Indonesia's beleaguered President, Abdurrahman Wahid, says he will call a state of emergency if his political rivals go ahead with impeachment proceedings. The President's office has previously denied Wahid would resort to this tactic, although they admit he has canvassed the conditions which would allow him to do so.

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


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top security alert imposed, violence flares up in E. Java As police called for a top security alert throughout the country amid the heightened tension between members of the political elite, riots hit several towns of East Java province on Monday when thousands of self-proclaimed supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid rampaged at public facilities, schools and offices of opposing political parties.

Posted in Violence @ 29 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI, Police braced for state of emergency The Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police increased their alert status on Friday in anticipation of a possible imposition of a state of emergency. TNI chief Adm. Widodo AS summoned military top brass for a crisis meeting at TNI headquarters in East Jakarta, hours before the holding of a Cabinet meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 26 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deal offered as emergency looms Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri continued on Friday night to weigh a transfer of power deal proposed by President Abdurrahman Wahid who reportedly threatened to impose a state of national emergency should impeachment proceedings against him proceed.

Posted in Politics @ 26 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur: I will campaign again if impeached Embattled President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid said on Tuesday that he would run again for the presidency if he was impeached by the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). "If that (impeachment) happens, I will not be scared. I will campaign again to become president," Abdurrahman told a delegation of the National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) at Bina Graha presidential office late on Tuesday as quoted by Antara.

Posted in Politics @ 15 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur, Megawati hold crisis talks A flurry of meetings were held within the country's two highest offices on Tuesday as senior Cabinet officials tried to seek a political compromise to salvage the administration amid tension between President Abdurrahman Wahid and Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri. Coordinating Minister for Political, Social and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono emerged as the central figure in the negotiations, which focused on a deal to delegate the running of the government to Megawati.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension mounts in Indonesia In recent weeks thousands of Wahid's supporters particularly in his home province of East Java have formed paramilitary squads. They have announced plans to come to the capital before the parliament votes on Wahid's fate at the end of this month. A difficult time awaits him. But what worries international observers is the prospects of instability and violence in the country. Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, currently embroiled in a crisis to remain in the office, has warned that a "nationwide rebellion" would erupt if the parliament attempts to impeach him on corruption charges. He said more than 400,000 people from across the main island of Java and southern end of Sumatra were ready to come into the capital to protest against moves to oust him from presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rupiah faces bleak outlook again this week The rupiah faces a bleak outlook again this week as anticipation of a political showdown between President Abdurrahman Wahid and his opponents at the end of this month is expected to further spur dollar buying, analysts predict.

Posted in Economy @ 23 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy headed for sharp fall Indonesia's fragile economy appears to be heading for a sharp fall this year as the ongoing political tussle in the country is undoing all the gains of last year. High-level sources told The Business Times that the government is now bracing itself for a possible Budget deficit that is between 20 trillion and 30 trillion rupiah (S$3.3 billion to S$5 billion) higher than earlier forecast.

Posted in Economy @ 04 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second censure of Abdurrahman a matter of time: opponents President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid cannot avoid a second parliamentary censure despite his defiance, according to the President's political opponents. Speaking minutes after the President rejected any involvement in two alleged financial scandals, some legislators from political parties critical of him predicted the second censure would eventually be issued, and that would lead to his impeachment.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati urged to quit post, open way for general election Given the continued struggle between the President and the House of Representatives, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri should leave the government to open the way for a general election, noted economist Sjahrir said on Thursday. "The political elite, both in the executive and legislative branches, are no longer concerned with the suffering of the people, and the President faces possible impeachment for his alleged involvement in two financial scandals," Sjahrir said after the declaration of the Alliance of New Indonesia (PIB) here.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defiant Wahid brushes off impeachment attempt Struggling to hold together the world's fourth most-populous nation, Indonesian's beleaguered president said he is confident he will defeat any effort to impeach him over financial scandals. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Abdurrahman Wahid said he had lobbied individual lawmakers and was prepared to fight an impeachment measure in court, if needed.

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


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation is in worst condition since 1945, says Megawati Deploring the growing climate of violence in the country, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Friday said that the country currently found itself in its worst state since independence in 1945. "We are now going through the worst times we have experienced in the last 56 years," Megawati said while addressing a ceremony marking the start of National Press Day and the 55th anniversary of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) at the Surakarta Press Monument.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur in E.Java, supporters plan more protests Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur flew into his political heartland of East Java on Friday to try to calm fanatical supporters who said they plan to continue their increasingly violent protests. The Muslim cleric made no comment on arrival in the provincial capital Surabaya, and headed straight for Pasuruan, about 735 km (480 miles) east of Jakarta and stronghold of a huge Islamic organisation founded by his grandfather.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pro-Wahid supporters torch Golkar Party headquarter The angry supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid on Wednesday torched the headquarters of the Golkar party in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, making it the eighth Golkar office being burned down by Wahid's fanatic loyalists who staged rally since late lastweek protesting the planned impeachment against the erratic leader.

Posted in Violence @ 07 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien foresees nearing impeachment proceedings Speaker of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly (MPR) Amien Rais revealed on Friday that leaders of major factions at the House of Representatives and MPR were exploring constitutional options allowing the prompt initiation of an MPRspecial session to impeach President Abdurrahman Wahid. He noted that if the House went ahead with its decision to issue a memorandum of censure to the President, it signifies that the House has decided to pursue a longer method of impeaching the President for his involvement in two financial scandals.

Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students storm Indonesia parliament Police fired tear gas and warning shots as thousands of rock-throwing students stormed the gates of Indonesia's parliament Monday in the largest protest yet against the country's president. Three students were badly beaten by police as running battles broke out on the lawns of the heavily guarded legislature.

Posted in Protests @ 29 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid says bombs aim to destabilise govt Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Monday a spate of church bombings on Christmas Eve which killed at least 10 people, was an attempt to destabilise his already troubled government. "Their steps are to destabilise the government and create fear and panic," he told reporters before flying to the eastern province of Irian Jaya for Christmas celebrations.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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