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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.

27 February 2015

Politics: President Joko Widodo gathered the heads of law enforcement institutions to urge cooperation, but police continue to persist in pursuing active and former members of the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK), as well as their subordinate personnel. There are still no signs that Widodo is altering from his excessively cautious – but risky – political approach (Page 2). After a court refused to consider the KPK’s appeal of last week’s suspect verdict on Com Gen Budi Gunawan, commission members are considering alternative courses, which might include a case review (PK). An eventual Judicial Commission opinion may help matters. At issue is the fate of Gunawan and, more importantly, the ability of the KPK to function (p. 3). The state minister responsible for rolling out civil service reforms, which the president has espoused, attacked the Jakarta governor for implementing just such reforms. Having compiled a cabinet with conflicting political interests, Widodo now faces hurdles for achieving crucial institutional reforms (p. 4). A district court ruling weakened incumbent Golkar Chair Aburizal Bakrie, and a Party Court verdict, due next week, may exacerbate his predicament (p. 6). The pro Widodo faction of the United Development Party (PPP) lost an initial court ruling on the party’s leadership dispute, but an appeals process will ensue (p. 7).

Jakarta: When Governor Basuki Purnama (‘Ahok’) exposed budgeting malfeasance by staff within the provincial assembly (DPRD), the DPRD responded by moving to censure Purnama. The governor’s mandate is secure, but the affair may pose distractions (p. 9).

Justice: The KPK renewed a long dormant case pertaining to figures who held energy sector posts a decade ago (p. 10). Justices upheld life in prison for former Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar (p. 10).

Policy News: On a judicial appeal from Muhammadiyah Chair Din Syamsuddin, the Constitutional Court struck down the 2004 Water Resources Law, a lynchpin for a key segment of the infrastructure sector. This delivers a setback to prospects for supplying clean water, managing drainage, addressing environmental hazards and improving irrigation. More generally, the ruling shows that the reshuffled court is a major threat to sound economic policymaking. Syamsuddin succeeded previously in abolishing the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BP Migas). He said he will now aim to overturn the 2007 Investment Law and revive fuel subsidies (p. 12). The president assem¬bled policymakers to address the rice price inflation that burdens consumers, but ministers ruled out the solution of importing (p. 12).

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