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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.

21 July 2017

Politics: The designation of the parliament speaker as a suspect delivers a blow against corruption, and it will eventually re‑ignite infighting within Golkar as a host of figures may vie to replace Setya Novanto as party chair.  A possible pre‑trial challenge is unlikely to succeed, and the KPK suddenly appears to have ample evidence.  Novanto need not surrender his speaker post until a conviction is binding – but he will almost certainly become non‑active during the course of his trial.  Amid public pressure on Golkar to bring about his ouster, efforts by Novanto to cling to power would damage, distract and impair the party as elections approach (Page 2).  Twin court rulings settle the long‑running spate in the United Development Party (PPP) in favor of the pro‑Widodo Romahurmuziy (p. 4).

Electoral System: The Election Bill, with a 20 percent presidential threshold, finally passed.  This inhibits democratic choice, but at least averts an election delay (p. 6).

Justice: In the electronic identity card (e-KTP) case, verdicts for Irman and Sugiharto  prove corruption.  Golkar’s Markus Nari became the fifth suspect in the expanding case (p. 7).  Police intend to create Anti‑Corruption Detachments (Densus Tipikor) nationwide (p. 8).

Regional Head Elections: A new poll shows Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil with a strong lead for West Java governor – if he can qualify to run (p. 8).  A reputable district chief, Nurdin Abdullah, has a narrow lead in South Sulawesi’s fragmented field of potential contenders (p. 8).  Former Energy Minister Sudirman Said aims to run for Central Java governor, but incumbent Gov Ganjar Pranowo may be unassailable (p. 9).

Policy News: Officials plan to create Investor Task Forces at three levels to assist in finalizing permits (p. 9).  A new Law on Architects sets out a licensing framework (p. 10).

Appointments: The police chief abruptly replaced the Jakarta commander (p. 10).  The Constitutional Court chief justice won a second term, but he will retire in April (p. 10).  A trusted aide of the former Jakarta governor is the new Presidential Secretariat head (p. 11).

Security: The government disbanded  Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) (p. 15).

Economics: A debate about whether to expand government debt may indicate that the president is tempted to increase deficit spending.  This would be imprudent (p. 12).

Climate Change: An ADB study stresses costs for Jakarta from sea‑level rise (p. 14).

Outlook: Cabinet reshuffle clarity is still lacking (p. 16).


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