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Supporters of Prabowo stage demonstration outside MK Hundreds of supporters of the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa presidential duo were holding a protest in front of the Constitutional Court (MK) again here on Monday to support the lawsuit against the July 9 election results.

Posted in Elections @ 11 August 2014 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agung Laksono hopes Prabowo will concede defeat A senior minister has urged Prabowo Subianto to accept the decision of the General Elections Commission (KPU) to name the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair as the winner of the presidential election held on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 23 July 2014 19:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to embrace all national elements Presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla would embrace all elements in the country if they won the recent election, success team spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said here, Saturday.

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


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo and Jokowi share similar probability to win The results of different pollsters quick counts have shown that a possible victory belongs to both Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pairs. The two camps even declared that they won the election by referring to the outcomes of different credible pollsters quick counts.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 17:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'60 percent of Golkar cadres support Jusuf Kalla' A senior politician from the Golkar Party, Fahmi Idris, is predicting that 60 percent of the party cadres will support Jusuf Kalla in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 31 May 2014 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'VP candidate must be chosen carefully' The presidential candidate for the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that care must be taken when deciding on a vice presidential candidate because it is about the fate of the nation and state.

Posted in Politics @ 21 April 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPP supports Gerindra without conditions The United Development Party (PPP) said it had set no conditions in supporting the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) in the 2014 general elections.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2014 20:48 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


Aburizal congratulates Megawati over quick count results Golkar Party Chairman Aburizal Bakrie congratulated Megawati Soekarnoputri over the results of quick vote counts that put her Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) as the winner of the legislative elections on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 21:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to deal with Papua problems with 'heart' Presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo said he would deal with all problems in Papua with "heart." "I dont like to promise too much. I am confident the Papua problem could be sorted out with heart and hard work not with promises," Jokowi, as he is known, said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former MP charged of acting as go-between in bribery case A former parliamentary member from Golkar Party, Chairun Nisa, has been charged of acting as a go-between in the high profile corruption case involving former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2014 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut meets KPK`s summons Governor of Banten Province Ratu Atut Chosiyah arrived at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building here on Friday in response to the agency`s summons to testify over a local election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta`s new governor rejects luxurious car The new governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has refused to sign the receipt for the purchase of a luxurious car - a Toyota Land Cruiser - offered to him.

Posted in Politics @ 18 October 2012 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Jokowi observes densely populated areas The new Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) a day after being installed by Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, on Tuesday observed Pademangan, one of the densely populated areas in the capital city.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2012 21:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foke congratulates Jokowi on Jakarta gubernatorial elections win Incumbent Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo (Foke) congratulated Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on his victory in the gubernatorial elections on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi-Ahok win in quick counts Joko Widodo and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Jokowi-Ahok won the vote on Thursday to be the next Jakarta governor and vice governor, according to survey results.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2012 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former GAM minister elected as Aceh governor Former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) foreign affairs and health minister Zaini Abdullah has been elected Aceh Province governor in the regional election on April 9, 2012.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2012 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court scraps unjust rule on extra-marital children The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) has invalidated a long-standing legal rule stipulating that a child born outside an official marriage only has a civil relationship with its mother and not with its father.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Customs step up patrol to prevent sand smuggling Customs officers from Riau Islands province are increasing patrols to prevent sand smuggling to Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2012 02:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nike to pay $1 million to Indonesian workers for unpaid hours A group of Indonesian Nike factory workers have won a settlement against the sportswear company in which they will be awarded $1 million for unpaid overtime work hours, non-governmental organization (NGO) Educating for Justice said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2012 03:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Two fans trampled to death during SEA Games soccer final Two people were trampled to death on Monday evening when anxious crowds of soccer fans rushed into a stadium to witness the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games soccer final in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy Indonesia editor released from jail after nine months The former editor of the short-lived Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine was released on Friday after the Supreme Court overturned his two-year jail sentence for public indecency.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 June 2011 23:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beats Malaysia 2-1 but loses AFF Cup final Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg in Jakarta on Wednesday, Malaysia secured the 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup with an aggregate victory of 4-2 over Indonesia.

Posted in Sports @ 30 December 2010 03:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for Malaysia in second leg of AFF Cup final Three days after their 3-0 defeat against Malaysia, the Indonesian national football squad is set for the second leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final match to decide the cup winner.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2010 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Malaysia cheated on victory during first leg of AFF Cup final The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) on Monday said Malaysia's national team cheated during the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Sports @ 28 December 2010 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia beats Indonesia 3-0 in first leg of AFF Cup final Indonesia's national football squad was beaten 3-0 by Malaysia in the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2010 09:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small victory for Yudhoyono: Bibit and Chandra back to work Interim Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputies Waluyo and Mas Achmad Santosa have handed over the leadership posts back to Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah ealier this afternoon. This is a small victory for president Yudhoyono. It was his fight against corruption that moved the Indonesian police earlier to arrest both over a alleged case in which the two were involved.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 December 2009 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia passes broad anti-pornography bill Shouts of "Thank you, God!" erupted inside the Indonesian Parliament building Thursday after lawmakers passed anti-pornography legislation, bringing to an end nearly 10 years of debate.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 30 reactions


Fauzi Bowo new governor of Jakarta Fauzi Bowo and Prijanto have become the first directly elected governor and vice-governor of the capital of Indonesia. After a day of voting, the vice-president of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, sent his congratulations to the couple. Although there are no official results yet, quick counts by various independent parties all show a victory for Fauzi Bowo and Prijanto, with around 58 percent of the votes.

Posted in Elections @ 08 August 2007 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel leader sweeps Aceh poll A former rebel leader swept to victory in landmark elections in Aceh province one year after a peace deal ended a decades-long civil war that claimed 15,000 lives, pollsters said yesterday. The Indonesian government said it would respect the outcome of the vote in the province, which was the worst-hit region in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. Election monitors said the vote was free and fair.

Posted in Elections @ 13 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batminton: Indonesian men's double fails to grab gold in Doha Indonesian men`s double Luluk Hadiyanto/Alvent Yulianto failed to follow the step of their countrymate Taufik Hidayat who succeeded in contributing gold in men`s single after defeating his Chinese arch rival Lin Dan. In a game held at Aspire building, Sport Center of Doha, double Luluk/Advent were easily overpowered by their Malaysian rivals Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong in a strait set, 13-21 and 14-21.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rice praises 'success story' Indonesia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesia's record on religious tolerance and democracy as hundreds of Islamic protesters yelling "Condeleeza go to hell!" denounced America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice, on her first visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation, lunched with her counterpart Hassan Wirayuda, and afterwards praised Indonesia as "an inspiration to the entire world" for its religious tolerance and democratic progress.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2006 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abraham out front in West Irian Jaya polls Supporters of former Sorong regent Abraham Octovianus Atururi celebrated Sunday amid provisional results showing him headed for victory in West Irian Jaya's first direct gubernatorial election. Abraham, whose running mate is Rahimin Katjong, was reported ahead in all the election regions -- eight regencies and one mayoralty -- in the newly established but disputed province.

Posted in Elections @ 13 March 2006 08:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions in Indonesia celebrate Ramadan After waking early for pre-dawn meals and prayers, Muslims across Indonesia began the fasting month on Wednesday, with many pausing to reflect on the country’s latest terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 October 2005 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Hilton Hotels raise security in Indonesia Hilton Hotels Corp. tightened security Thursday at its three Indonesian properties after authorities ordered a nationwide security crackdown following warnings from foreign governments that terrorists were preparing to launch attacks against Western targets. Australia's warning was unusually specific, saying it had ``credible information'' that terrorists could be targeting the Hilton Hotel chain in the country. The United States, Britain, New Zealand and Japan also issued warnings but did not mention specific targets.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-general takes over in Indonesia A former general with a doctorate in economics takes power in Indonesia today, facing the challenge of translating a landslide election victory into action on economic growth and against Islamic militancy. For Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 55, big tests will come early as he appoints his cabinet and seeks to work with a parliament riddled with members of old elites vowing a rough ride for the country's first directly elected president.

Posted in Elections @ 19 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati effectively concedes election loss President Megawati Sukarnoputri effectively conceded defeat in Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot Thursday by not filing any complaints despite claims from her party of vote fraud. The Constitutional Court said former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's sweeping victory was final. It said Megawati had not submitted any objections by a Thursday deadline.

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


Presidential transition on halt until Megawati concedes defeat Indonesia has announced the winner of last month's presidential elections, and advisors to President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who lost by a large margin, have said they do not plan to challenge the result. But the transition process has ground to a halt, at least - or so it appears - for another day. It may be a question of Asian reticence, or it may be Indonesia's inexperience with direct presidential elections. Whatever the reason, the presidential transition in the world's largest Muslim nation has come to a stop while each side waits for the other to speak.

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


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

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


Yudhoyono wins Indonesia poll but delays speech Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been declared the runaway winner of Indonesia's first direct presidential election but faces an immediate problem when his opponent refuses to concede defeat. Yudhoyono had been scheduled to make an acceptance speech at 7.00 p.m. (1 p.m.) after the independent election commission said he had crushed incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri.

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


Former general Yudhoyono wins Indonesia poll Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has won Indonesia's presidential election run-off in a landslide, capping a rapid rise to power for the former general who has pledged to create jobs, stamp out graft and fight terrorism. Preliminary final results obtained on Monday gave Yudhoyono 60 percent of Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot while incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri took 39 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 04 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads election race; 90% of votes counted Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is poised to become Indonesia's first president by popular mandate with the official vote tally of Monday's election showing a clear margin of victory with counting almost complete. Yudhoyono leads with a 61 percent share of votes, the General Election Commission said in Jakarta, compared with 39 percent for President Megawati Soekarnoputri. The result is unlikely to change with almost 90 percent of votes already counted, the commission said. About 109 million votes had been counted as of 8:02 a.m. Jakarta time, from an estimated turnout of 122 million.

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


Harvest time in Indonesia Former Indonesian security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his advisers are moving ahead with preparations to assume the presidency, discussing policy plans and the formation of a cabinet at his home today, even though he has yet to be officially declared the victor of Indonesia's first direct vote for a head of state.

Posted in Elections @ 22 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-general heads for win over Megawati An urbane former general who promises to fight terror and clean up government headed for an overwhelming victory against incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia's first direct presidential election Monday. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Megawati's one-time chief security minister, had won 59 percent of 10 million votes counted as of noon GMT, the election commission said. Megawati had 41 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-General keeps big poll lead in campaign Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBYA former army general looks set to snatch Indonesia's presidency by a landslide in next week's election run-off, two surveys showed on Wednesday, but incumbent leader Megawati Sukarnoputri insisted she could win. The release of the surveys follows a deadly bomb blast last week outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, though pollsters were divided over whether heightened security fears would translate into more votes for either candidate on Sept. 20.

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


An informed electorate could cost Megawati Heavyweight political parties have long held sway in Indonesia, but the emergence of a new breed of voter more likely to listen to the media or even mystics for guidance has robbed them of their former dominance, analysts say. Despite this shift from the days when parties extended influence into the lowest echelons of society, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gambled on her credibility to win the backing of political titans ahead of September presidential polls.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:04 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


Golkar widens lead over Megawati's party The leader of the party once led by Indonesian dictator Suharto claimed victory Wednesday in parliamentary elections that were a major setback to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. The Golkar party had 20.81 percent with about two-thirds the results counted from the April 5 vote. That's less than one percentage point ahead of Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, but ballots from Golkar's strongholds have yet to be counted and its lead is likely to increase.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2004 00:02 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


Suharto's old party seems set for victory after polls The Golkar party of former dictator Suharto appears set for victory in Indonesia's general election, less than six years after Suharto was pressured into resigning. Golkar had 20.71 percent of the 82.4 million votes counted as of mid-morning, leaving President Megawati Sukarnoputri's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) trailing with 19.97 percent. "Golkar Party Returns" said a front-page headline in Kompas newspaper. The party, which backed Suharto's autocratic 32-year rule but which now claims to have reformed, leads in 23 of the 32 provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar claims poll victory as results filter in The Golkar party of fallen autocrat Suharto has declared victory in Monday's parliamentary polls in Indonesia after early official results and an independent count indicated that it narrowly beat the nationalist party of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Akbar Tandjung, Golkar's chairman, proclaimed victory and dismissed the possibility of a much-touted alliance with Mrs Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ahead of July 5 presidential polls, saying such a coalition was now "very difficult".

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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


Indonesia faces up to post-IMF reality After five years under the harsh tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is to break free from the IMF's bailout program and loan lifeline at the end of this year when its US$5 billion line of credit expires. A government committee has drafted an economic blueprint, a White Paper for post-IMF Indonesia that will be revealed on Friday, simultaneously with the draft budget for 2004, by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Economy @ 17 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of Hambali top-secret Terror mastermind Hambali was still "in another country", Indonesia's police chief said today despite senior Thai officials saying he was flown to Indonesia after his arrest. Asked if Hambali will be brought to Indonesia, General Dai Bachtiar replied: "Not yet. Not yet." "We are thankful that the person we have been looking for has apparently been found, although he is still in another country," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General: Martial law may be extended in Aceh Indonesia's top general says Aceh operations are 'ahead of schedule', but admit the authorities may extend martial law for the province beyond the current six-month order. The military and the police have also asked Parliament for an additional fund of US$220 million (S$385 million) to finance the campaign against the separatist Free Aceh Movement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to win points on quick Aceh war Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri is gambling on a quick victory in the war in Aceh. If the military crushes a 27-year insurgency for independence in the oil and gas-rich province within the six months commanders have promised, her chances for re-election next year look good.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter perceptions of the qualities of individual leaders appear to play an important part in Indonesian elections, according to the earlier mentioned survey. Megawati Soekarnoputri was the clear favorite of voters according to our data, and probably pulled the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI Perjuangan) along with her. The difference between the former Indonesian Nationalist Party's (PNI) 22 percent in 1955 and PDI Perjuangan's 34 percent in 1999 is almost certainly due in part to Megawati's appeal. Various actions of Megawati, such as her support for the reelection of Governor Sutiyoso in Jakarta, have been widely condemned. Many local observers also claim that she will be hurt by the slowness of economic recovery and by evidence that she is unwilling to fight corruption.

Posted in Politics @ 17 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusmao sweeps East Timor poll East Timor's former resistance leader, Xanana Gusmao, completed his transformation yesterday from jungle fighter to global statesman when he took an unassailable lead in the fledgling nation's first ever presidential election. With more than 90% of the votes counted, the former poet and seminarian, who says he would rather be a photographer or farmer than a politician, has 79% of the votes.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2002 00:01 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
    
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