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Reformasi: The Struggle for Power in Post-Soeharto Indonesia is a non-fiction narrative that charts the course of Indonesian politics between 1996 and 2001.

12 February 2016

Politics: President Joko Widodo issued somewhat severe remarks to the media on National Press Day, which may signal a growing sensitivity to criticism from journalists (Page 2). Some parliamentarians are reconsidering a plan to revise the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) Law (p. 4) A change in uniforms for Home Affairs personnel is welcome, but not without risk (p. 5). Reshuffle rumors have re surfaced; portfolios potentially affected may include finance and attorney general (p. 6).

Justice: Former Energy Minister Jero Wacik – once a foremost luminary in President Yudhoyono’s Partai Demokrat – received a four year sentence for operating slush funds. Prosecutors from the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) are appealing to seek a stiffer verdict (p. 6). The former chief of Bangkalan District, Fuad Amin Imron, appealed his lower court verdict but received a longer sentence and harsher judgment. The state will seize assets, including 21 vehicles and 60 properties, valued at Rp250 billion (p. 7). Supreme Court justices ordered the Law Ministry to rehabilitate Thurman Hutapea, a warden dismissed in 2013 for running a narcotics penitentiary that contained a narcotics factory inside (p. 7).

Surveys: Widodo’s approval rating is at 67 percent, a stunning result, according to a credible poll conducted in mid January. Support for the party that nominated him, PDI Perjuangan, also surged. Golkar has suffered a debilitating leadership crisis and the disgrace of its treasurer (Setya Novanto), but its support remains stable. Overall, the findings bode well for Widodo’s political prospects. In 2019, Prabowo Subianto could again be his main challenger (p. 8).

Policy News: Although not, as officials claimed, a ‘Big Bang’, the revision of the Negative Investment List (DNI) marks a major step forward for the investment climate. Areas benefiting most include the film industry, tourism and logistics distribution (especially for food). However, slashing national level regulatory impediments is necessary, but not sufficient, for improving the economic outlook; land administration remains problematic and institutional reform is lacking for the bureaucracy and legal system (p. 12).

Jakarta: Polls indicate that incumbent Governor Basuki Purnama (‘Ahok’) has strong prospects for winning the April 2017 gubernatorial race. Other major parties are maneuvering to find challengers (p. 15).

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