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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.

20 April 2018

Politics: National Mandate Party (Pan) founder Amien Rais, a prominent figure in the campaign last year against former Jakarta Governor Basuki Purnama (‘Ahok’), portrayed contemporary politics as a contest over religion.  He made clear that Pan, the Justice Welfare Party (PKS) and Gerindra are parties with aligned with divinity.  The assertion has implications for Rais’s agenda (Page 2).  The president and his largest party backers made overtures to Partai Demokrat – but whether former President Yudhoyono’s party will back the incumbent could depend on prolonged negotiations over bartering positions.  In the meantime, the overtures prevent Gerindra Chair Prabowo Subianto from broadening his alliance and campaigning in earnest (p. 4).  Parliament Vice Speaker Fahri Hamzah advocates a motion to censure the president for his recent regulation facilitating work permits for foreigners (p. 6).

Surveys: A new poll by Indobarometer, a premier survey firm, sheds light on the presidential race (p. 4).

Justice: The Supreme Court will examine the propriety of the recent South Jakarta District Court ruling on the 2008 Bank Century takeover (p. 5).

Regional Elections: The West Java gubernatorial race has tightened (p. 6).

Policy News: Although the president has not yet enacted price controls on non‑subsidized fuels, ministers affirm that the plan to do so remains in place (p. 7).

Disasters: Police apprehended a bootlegger whose methanol recently killed 45 people in West Java (p. 8).

Appointments: The president assembled a team to recruit a new constitutional justice, and its composition is telling (p. 11).


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