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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.

19 December 2014

Politics: Golkar’s internal strife could continue for several months (Page 2). According to a national poll by Cyrus Surveyors, President Joko Widodo would be a more popular candidate for PDI Perjuangan chair than the incumbent, Megawati – even among PDI P voters. In fact, this will not hinder Mega’s re election in April, but it may further complicate relations between the current and former presidents (p. 2). An upcoming National Mandate Party (Pan) congress could be contentious and fractious (p. 3).

Justice: The finance minister imposed travel bans on 487 taxpayers who owe more than Rp100 million (p. 5). Investigators from the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) thoroughly searched offices within the Forestry Ministry (p. 5). Court proceedings in the Hambalang case have embroiled PDI P Treasurer Olly Dondokambey (p. 5).

Policy News: The president has begun preparing a revised 2015 budget that would boost spending on public works (p. 6). In an address to a five yearly National Develop¬ment Planning Assembly, Widodo called for better policymaking in agriculture, energy, maritime infrastructure and tourism – but he made scant mention of governance, land administration or over regulation (p. 7). In a press interview, Education Minister Anies Baswedan discussed ways to change the emphases of the system (p. 9).

Disasters: A devastating landslide in Banjarnegara took at least 85 lives (p. 11).

Appointments: The energy minister has recruited prominent figures in the sector to evaluate candidates for director general for oil and gas (p. 12). The Constitutional Court chief justice is receiving consideration for another term, but 15 other candidates are bidding for the government appointment, including a Judicial Commission member (p. 12).

Jakarta: In an unprecedented overhaul of personnel, the governor intends to demote 40 percent of civil servants in ‘structural’ leadership posts, while trimming the number of such posts. The move holds promise for bringing about better performance (p. 13).

Outlook & 2015 Assessment: The election of a president who is a product of Indonesia’s systemic transition bodes well for finally unleashing the economy’s potential – as many of the impediments to development pertain to the role of the state. But Widodo lacks strong party support and persistent dysfunctions may undermine his lofty aims (p. 14).

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