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REFORMASI WEEKLY REVIEW
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16 June 2017

Politics: President Joko Widodo voiced support for the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK), which is under mounting pressure from parliamentarians, but it remains to be seen whether he supports this stance with concrete measures to assist the agency.  Parties at the forefront of the process to censure the KPK are those that claim to back Widodo – and which maintain representatives in the cabinet.  But there are no signs yet that the president is using his political capital to reign in the KPK detractors among his allies (Page 2).  More than 100 legal experts affirmed that parliament’s process to censure the KPK is invalid (p. 2).  The KPK investigator Novel Baswedan said that he suspects that the acid attack on him in April may have involved a senior police general.  If high‑level interests did indeed play a part, matters may ultimately hinge on whether the president is willing to uphold justice (p. 2).  State prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) may probe Hary Tanoesoedibjo, the MNC Group owner who is a partner of Donald Trump, in a tax case from 2008.  Such an investigation could hamper his party, Perindo – but the attorney general from the National Democrat (Nasdem) Party would risk appearing partisan (p. 4).

Justice: A narcotics offender possessed an array of electronics in his Cipinang Penitentiary cell, apparently operating a trafficking network.  The law minister sacked the warden – but the episode is the latest in a long series that underscore the need for bureaucratic reform (p. 5).  A defendant in the electronic identity card (e-KTP) case testified that Rp2 trillion in kickbacks underwent distribution to the Golkar chair and parliament speaker, Setya Novanto, and his associates (p. 8).  Prosecutors detailed payments that benefited former Constitutional Court Justice Patrialis Akbar (p. 9).

Policy News: The long-overdue 15th phase of the government’s policy package focuses again on measures to smooth logistics and ease restrictions on trade.  The phase contains several dozen revisions or revocations of regulatory measures, but most are tweaks.  It aims to elevate the National Single Window (INSW) from a mere web portal to an entity with powers of coordination and oversight (p. 10).  The education minister encountered stiff resistance to his call for a different school schedule (p. 11).  Controversy surrounds military intimidation in the expansion of land used for rice paddies (p. 12).

Electoral System: The home affairs minister is obstructing passage of the Elections Bill in order to maintain a high nominating threshold (p. 13).

Regional Elections: A ruling eases restrictions for independent bids (p. 14).

 

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