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Politics: An apparent gambit to enable Golkar Chair Setya Novanto to recover his post as parliament speaker has triggered public sparring within the party – reminiscent of the 18 months of infighting that the party only recently seemed to have resolved (Page 2). A leading candidate for Aceh governor, Muzakir Manaf (‘Mualem’), denounced the candidate for Jakarta governor, Basuki Purnama (‘Ahok’), and threatened to take action personally if authorities fail to prosecute Purnama for a remark about the Koran (p. 2).
Appointments: The president restored former Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan to the cabinet as minister for energy, while reviving the position of vice minister and conferring it to Arcandra Tahar (who had been the minister for 20 days until revelations that he held a US passport). Their respective backgrounds provide a degree of sorely needed clarity about the sector’s outlook – although it remains to be seen where the locus of authority resides (p. 3).
Surveys: A new poll by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) illuminates the Jakarta race (p. 6).
Justice: Cases unveiled by the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) involve a prominent Partai Demokrat mayor and an district level scandal that has worried the inspector general of a major ministry (p. 7).
Policy News: The 2017 budget will feature Rp47 trillion in capital injections for state agencies, mostly for developing an infrastructure land bank and supporting mortgage lending. Funds will also go to an array of agencies that finance, guarantee or promote infrastructure (p. 8). In Papua, Widodo announced a ‘one fuel price’ policy (p. 9).
Jakarta: Provincial Secretary Saefullah will not be the interim governor; instead, the home affairs minister will pick a director general from within his ministry (p. 10). The governor ousted the head of PT Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta, developer of the subway, for slow progress in land acquisition. The new head holds promise (p. 11).
Economics: Bank Indonesia (BI) cut its key interest rate yet again, while bank officials discussed indicators about third quarter growth (p. 12).Reformasi Weekly Review provides timely, relevant and independent analysis on Indonesian political and policy news. Delivered electronically every Friday, Reformasi Weekly is written by Kevin O’Rourke, author of the book Reformasi. For subscription information please contact. Reformasi Weekly is a product of PT Reformasi Info Sastra.