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REFORMASI WEEKLY REVIEW
SUMMARY OVERVIEW
7 December 2018

Politics: The 2 December ‘Reunion’ of hardline Islamic groups altered the calculus of national politics.  Reformasi Weekly reviews the event, estimates the turnout, translates speaker quotes and analyzes the implications (Page 2).  Prabowo issued another scathing denunciation of a perceived foe.  Ref Wkly examines the consequences (p. 5).  In the aftermath of the 2 December Reunion, a key police case tests the balance of forces (p. 6).

Security: Armed violence has long been chronic in Papua, but the latest development sets new precedents and affects the president’s vision for the province (p. 8).

Justice: The trial of PT Nusa Konstruksi Enjiniring (NKE) for corruption has commenced, with potential implications for both presidential tickets (p. 9).

Policy News: The finance minister expanded tax allowances for pioneer industries.  Ref Wkly examines the costs and benefits (p. 11).  The president issued another implementing regulation for the 2014 State Civil Apparatus (ASN) Law; Ref Wkly examines effects on bureaucratic professionalism (p. 14).  The government addressed shortfalls in the Social Welfare Insurance Agency (BPJS) (p. 15).

Infrastructure: Officials announced new details regarding the Jakarta‑area Light Rail Train (LRT) (p. 15).

Appointments: An intriguing new figure takes over as chair of the Upstream Regulatory Agency (SKK Migas).  Ref Wkly examines the ramifications for regulatory decision‑making and Energy Ministry policies (p. 16).

Economics: Data on state revenues through October clarify the fiscal outlook (p. 17).

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