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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.

30 January 2015

Politics: President Joko Widodo made moves toward resolving the high stakes spat between the police and the independent Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK). He formed a sterling advisory team that promptly urged against inducting Com Gen Budi Gunawan as police chief, but KPK member Bambang Widjojanto will likely need to exit the commission (Page 2). Widodo conducted a series of high level political meetings, perhaps in preparation for deciding Gunawan’s fate – which will happen within days, according to the cabinet secretary – and perhaps nominating an alternative chief (p. 4). In the Constitutional Court, an appeal of the 2002 Police Law seeks to strike down a stipulation requiring parliamentary approval for appointing a chief – a change that would improve matters for Widodo (p. 10).

In an interview with Kompas, Widodo emphasized the importance of building the credibility of legal system institutions. He also cited the need for “consolidating” the bureaucracy, so that civil servants share a broader understanding of problems and means to solve them. He discussed injecting capital in state infrastructure firms, and he mentioned the possibility of evaluating ministers after six months in office (p. 11).

Justice: Vice Police Chief Com Gen Badrodin Haiti emphasized in a Tempo interview that his authority is “100 percent equivalent” to that of a police chief at present. He denied that an abrupt reshuffle of a prestigious post, head of Criminal Research, pertained to allegations of “betrayal” by the incumbent – even though the ousted general is under internal scrutiny on similar allegations (p. 13).

Policy News: Parliamentarians voiced reservations about approving the administration’s request for Rp74 trillion in capital injections for state firms – but support may materialize eventually (p. 16). Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan will restore the periodic publication of airline safety ratings – a practice that his predecessor halted at the behest of airlines (p. 16). Agriculture officials intend to change the method for distributing subsidized fertilizer next year (p. 17).

Appointments: The new Tax Department Head is Sigit Pramudito, a career insider who stands out for having disclosed considerable personal wealth (p. 16).

Jakarta: The provincial assembly approved a 2015 budget that roughly matches last year’s – but vastly exceeds what the administration actually spent (p. 18).

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