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Politics: Parliament Vice Speaker Fahri Hamzah called for a motion to censure the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) for its investigation of the electronic identity card (e‑KTP) project. Golkar Speaker Setya Novanto (the alleged coordinator of the e‑KTP corruption) and Vice Speaker Fadli Zon are non‑committal about the proposal, but support from other parties is lacking (Page 2). As damaging revelations emerge about Novanto, several Golkar figures appear eager to precipitate another party leadership change. But calculating the right time to initiate a move will be difficult (p. 3). Jakarta vice governor candidate Sandiaga Uno faces legal pressure from a disgruntled former business associate, Edward Soeryadjaya (brother of Adaro Energy owner Edwin Soeryadjaya). Uno can ill‑afford damaging publicity at this stage of the race, but it seems questionable whether police will act promptly on the complaint (p. 5).
Justice: Witnesses in the e‑KTP case, including former Golkar figure Chairuman Harahap and former Home Affairs Secretary General Diah Anggraini, portray Novanto has having been in a central position in the kickbacks scheme (p. 5). Outgoing Banten Governor Rano Karno has become embroiled in a corruption trial of his predecessor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah. The case sheds light on elaborate arrangements that Chosiyah’s relatives allegedly made in order to tap regional budgets. With Chosiyah’s son having won election as vice governor, prospects for improved governance in Banten are questionable (p. 7).
Policy News: Officials expect a 15th phase of the economic package to come forth this month, with a focus on improving logistics for couriers and e‑commerce providers (p. 9).
Infrastructure: Jasa Marga officials envision an additional elevated road, stacked atop part of the Inner Ring Road, to connect Cawang with the airport (p. 9).
Appointments: Elia Manik will head Pertamina (p. 10). The president will soon fill a vacancy on the nine‑member Constitutional Court, but one of the strongest short‑listed candidates withdrew – former Financial Transactions Analysis Center (PPATK) Chair Muhammad Yusuf. The legal reformer Saldi Isra could be the strongest remaining candidate for the post. Yusuf’s move might conceivably indicate that he anticipates appointment as attorney general (p. 11). The new ambassador to Australia is a veteran diplomat, Yohanes Legowo (p. 13). The short‑list for the Financial Services Authority (OJK) has shrunk to 21 names, with former Bank Mandiri head Zulkifli Zaini among the candidates for chair (p. 14).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.