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Jokowi`s resignation letter is on its way The resignation letter of the elected President, Joko Widodo, from his current post as Jakarta governor is under legal process and waiting to be published, an official stated here Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2014 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut will not step down herself Firman Wijaya, the lawyer of the governor of Banten charged with corruption Ratu Atut Chosiyah, has said that his client would step down when she was charged and brought to court. Until now she only is a suspect and is detained. Wijaya also says that the KPK should not be cocky against a regional head.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 January 2014 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Foreign Minister about Indonesians in Egypt President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday requested Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa about the situation of Indonesians in the conflicted Egypt, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2011 17:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono orders Indonesians in Egypt evacuated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Indonesia will evacuate its citizens from Egypt on military and commercial aircraft as soon as possible. "If we can leave for Egypt tonight, we will," Yudhoyono said last night, as reported by Antara news agency.

Posted in Protests @ 01 February 2011 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants Yogya governor elected democratically The government has finally decided it wants a Yogyakarta governor elected democratically; No longer a position automatically entitled to the sultan.

Posted in Politics @ 03 December 2010 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Should Indonesia get a second Jakarta? President Yudhoyono is the third president that coined the idea of creating a new capital away from Jakarta because that city is choking with people, traffic jams and waste. He said that plans to develop a new capital were welcome, but the government itself does not lay focus to creating a new Jakarta elsewhere, that would be up to others.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of nuclear power plant 'to start next year' Once more the Indonesian government has recently picked up plans to start the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the country. Met with protests and controversy earlier, the power plant should still be constructed on the Muria Peninsula in Central Java. The Minister of Research and Technology, Suharna Surapratana, has said yesterday that the blueprints for the plant were to be finished soon.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 04 December 2009 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gravely ill Suharto improves slightly The health of Indonesia's ex-president Suharto improved Saturday, a day after he suffered multiple organ failure, as the government said it wanted to settle a graft case against him out of court. The octogenarian former president was forced to step down a decade ago after 32 years of repressive and often brutal rule in the world's fourth-most populous nation.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2008 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian filmmakers want censor board banned Top film makers in Indonesia have launched a legal bid to have the country's censorship board disbanded. They say it stifles creativity. A group of five young directors lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court earlier this week, requesting the removal of provisions in the film law regulating the establishment of the censorship body. "The existence of the Indonesian Censorship Board is against our constitutional right to communicate and receive information," told Tino Saroengallo, an award-winning documentary film-maker.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2007 04:17 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


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former President Suharto rushed to hospital Former Indonesian president Suharto has been rushed to a Jakarta hospital suffering intestinal bleeding, a news report says. Jakarta-based private television network Metro TV reported in its midnight program the former strongman was admitted to Pertamina Central Hospital in South Jakarta at 6.30pm on Thursday, with some of his children and grandchildren accompanying him.

Posted in General @ 05 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta workers protest fuel price rise Hundreds of Indonesian bus drivers, vendors and factory workers staged a noisy rally in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against the government's plan to increase fuel prices. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono unveiled a plan on Wednesday to raise fuel prices in order to support the weakening rupiah which plunged to a four-year low last week as oil prices surged.

Posted in Protests @ 05 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakso Belanda Back home for a week, leaving me with lots of work at the office, at home and in Indonesia. Maybe it's just good that I'm working hard right from the day I'm home, because I'm quite sure I would be missing Indonesia like hell when I was bored to death here. It was just 6 days ago, on an early Sunday morning at six, that the Singapore Airlines plane touched down on Schiphol Airport, ending my longest trip to Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 22 January 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party looking to form coalition Indonesia's ruling party says it is ready to form a coalition with its election rivals, as partial returns continue to show disappointing results for the party of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Her Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle holds a slim lead with fewer than one quarter of the votes counted from Monday's parliamentary election. But there are indications the party may lose seats and its status as the leading party in the assembly.

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


Aceh rebels warned for imminent strike Indonesia warned Aceh rebels meeting for last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo that they had to give up their fight for independence by Sunday or face an imminent military assault in the resource-rich province. Rattling off demands the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) is unlikely to accept, chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the rebels also had to lay down 60 percent of their weapons this month if they wanted to save an ailing peace agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students in rowdy anti-president protest About 1,000 Indonesian students staged a rowdy protest outside the home of President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Thursday calling for her to step down. Hundreds of police formed a cordon to stop the protesters approaching Megawati's official residence in central Jakarta.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Strange exit tax Indonesians and foreigners with a KITAS (temporary stay)_ permit who want to travel abroad are subject to an "exit levy" of one million rupiah (US$111). Although there are almost no countries on this planet that require their residents to comply with such a strange regulation, Indonesia keeps on taxing its traveling residents. Even stranger is the fact that when I finished my employment contract and went to Soekarno-Hatta airport with a (costly) "exit permit only" (EPO) stamped in my passport, I still had to pay this exit tax.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo replaced in hasty reshuffle President Abdurrahman Wahid added further suspense to the unfolding political drama by catching everyone by surprise on Friday with his announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle which included the replacement of his top political and security minister. The reshuffle was not so much a case of ushering new faces into the Cabinet as one of musical chairs, as three of the five new appointments were those of people already serving in his administration.

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


The minutes are ticking away toward the end of the month, the day the House of Representatives will convene its plenary session, while the whole nation is on tenterhooks and politicians continue to make so much fuss about the possibility of a meeting among the top leadership. Will they agree to reconciliation through compromise? A meeting maybe, but a compromise? And what kind of compromise?

Posted in Politics @ 25 April 2001 00:00 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


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


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


Dolar, dolar, dolar !!! - I can imagine very well, the shouting of traders in Rupiah and 'Dolar Amerika Serikat', the US Greenback. Not in the JSX, where 16 people got killed last year, but just in the streets, at markets downtown Jakarta and far outside. People who can afford to buy foreign money actually will, those who cant, are already too late. The Rupiah tipped 11,500 to the US$ before BI(1 intervened, and two days after we are seeing levels around and just below the 10,000 mark. That's still dramatically below levels that were targeted by the Indonesian government for the economical year 2001, which lasts to 31 december 2001.

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


Students stage biggest rally near palace Around 100,000 students coming from all over the country continued their rally outside the presidential palace on Monday in Jakarta, the biggest protest against President Abdurrahman Wahid since he took power 16 months ago. The rally so far run peacefully despite early minor and brief clash between the students with around 500 supporters of President Wahid who also staged a demonstration at the same venue.

Posted in Protests @ 12 March 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati, Ministers trapped as students surround palace Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri and ministers who just finished a cabinet meeting led by the embattled President Abdurrahman Wahid in presidential residence complex apparently trapped at midday on Monday as they could not leave the compound surrounded by thousands of anti-Wahid students. "We are still thinking ways how to take Megawati and ministers out of this presidential palace complex," a security guard said.

Posted in Protests @ 12 March 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrators continue to hit a number of cities Thousands of people, mostly students, took to the streets in at least four cities on Friday, with divided calls. Thousands of supporters and critics of President Abdurrahman Wahid staged rallies close to the presidential palace, with anti-Abdurrahman demonstrators outnumbering those who supported him.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur supporters burn Golkar offices The anger of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters boiled over on Wednesday when they torched Golkar Party offices in Surabaya, Mojokerto and Malang, all in East Java. In protest at the censuring of the President by the House of Representatives (DPR) over the Bulog and Brunei financial scandals, tens of thousands of the President's supporters continued to vent their anger publicly.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapis rumblings a sobering forewarning Mount Merapi's return to activity in recent weeks is much more than a natural phenomenon for many Javanese. For them, viewing Merapi as part of a trio of sacred kingdoms in Central Java, it is a sobering warning that all is not well with the country.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 February 2001 00:02 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


It all started with power to the people, May 1998. Students took the streets to protest the government, in special President Suharto at that time. Within exactly one week of severe clashes, demonstrations and a big number of gruesome casualties, reformasi against Suharto was formally ended. He had stepped down, and since that was the main aim of the students, they celebrated for days in streets all over the country,especially in Jakarta.

Posted in Politics @ 01 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien gives new Cabinet 90 days People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais said the new Cabinet had three months to prove it could cope with the various challenges the nation is facing. "If the Cabinet fails to perform well, the House of Representatives (DPR) may take steps," he told reporters on Saturday after a meeting with the heads of regional branches of the National Mandate Party (PAN) across East Java.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2000 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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