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REFORMASI WEEKLY REVIEW
SUMMARY OVERVIEW
21 September 2018

Politics: Gerindra Chair Prabowo Subianto’s latest gaffe stands out, but the president may fail to capitalize (Page 2).  Prabowo and his running mate signed a pact with hard-line Islamic groups — a move that may be errant (p. 3).  Ma’ruf Amin’s latest move provides indications about policymaking in a potential second Widodo term (p. 5).  The Hong Kong based news site Asia Sentinel is the target of Partai Demokrat’s ire; contrary to social media posts, American Chamber of Commerce Managing Director Lin Neumann is not part of the online publication (p. 6).

Election Preparations: Supreme Court justices issued a last-minute ruling regarding former corruption convicts seeking to be legislative candidates (p. 7).

Justice: Two cases examined by the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) could expand to implicate additional Golkar figures, and a mining tycoon received an international travel ban (p. 9).

Policy News: Policymakers are examining options for encouraging commodity exporters to circulate their earnings through domestic rupiah accounts (p. 12).  Various officials are putting forth diverse opinions about importing rice – a policy with direct importance for food‑price inflation amid currency depreciation in an election season (p. 14).

Economics: The trade account for August provides indicators about the economy, while the World Bank lead economist updated projections (p. 15).

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