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Politics: Contrary to some press reports, no clear signals suggest that a constructive cabinet reshuffle is imminent. President Joko Widodo has yet to show willingness to cross his party backers (Page 2). For PDI Perjuangan’s powerful post of secretary general, Megawati named Hasto Kristiyanto, who has held the position on an interim basis since last year. The move is likely to reinforce Megawati’s domination of decision making (p. 4). Incumbent Chair Aburizal Bakrie reshuffled Golkar’s parliamentary delegation to sideline loyalists of his rival, Agung Laksono (p. 4).
Jakarta: Widodo lent just enough support to spare Governor Basuki Purnama from the ordeal of a censure motion from the provincial assembly. Having at last finalized a budget, the new governor may finally be able to work with fewer distractions (p. 5).
Justice: If Constitutional Court justices accept a challenge of the 2002 Police Law filed by anti corruption activists, the president would exert far greater control over the police chief – thereby opening the possibility of progress on institutional reforms (p. 7). PDI P’s new secretary general confirmed that the parliamentarian Adriansyah will suffer ouster from the party for being caught red handed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) – taking a suspected bribe on the sidelines of PDI P’s five yearly congress (p. 8). Officials apprehended former United Development Party (PPP) Chair Suryadharma Ali. The outcome may benefit PPP’s pro Widodo faction (p. 9). South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin, a Bakrie ally in Golkar, faces KPK questioning next week in the 2010 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games dormitory case (p. 10).
Policy News: Pertamina intends to launch a new market priced mid range petrol product next month, to replace Premium in certain urban regions. This would benefit consumers, the environment and the economy – but it remains to be seen if resistance derails the plan (p. 11).
Appointments: Parliament confirmed the appointment of Com Gen Badrodin Haiti for police chief (p. 13).
Infrastructure: An important 116 km segment of the 900 km Trans Java Tollroad should be ready for use in June, and progress is discernible on other segments. But linking the entire span is still years away (p. 13).
International: Widodo received a state visit from the prime minister of Norway (p. 16).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.