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REFORMASI WEEKLY REVIEW
SUMMARY OVERVIEW
14 September 2018

Politics: Economic conditions will be the focus of campaigning, according to Gerindra Chair Prabowo Subianto, but the presidential candidate has yet to convey consistent messages on the topic.  Having pledged earlier this year to focus his campaigning on threats posed by foreigners, Prabowo is showing a tendency to shuffle among topics.  If economic conditions deteriorate noticeably during the campaign period ahead, Prabowo could gain ground in polls if he can produce persuasive economic critiques (Page 2).

President Joko Widodo’s appointees for treasurers and vice-treasurers in his official campaign serve to create yet more pitfalls in his re‑election bid (p. 3).  Faced with new dynamics due to a new election schedule, Partai Demokrat is attempting to vary its presidential-election stance by province: supporting Widodo in pro-Widodo provinces and Prabowo in pro-Prabowo provinces.  This risks alienating all voters in every province (p. 4).  Prabowo clarified that there has not yet been a decision on whether to nominate the controversial vice speaker of Jakarta’s provincial assembly (DPRD), Mohammed Taufik, for vice governor (p. 6).  A prominent Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) figure, Yenny Wahid, is equivocating about whom to endorse (p. 7).

Justice:Tempo inquiry revealed that a Golkar aide to the industry minister, Golkar Chair Airlangga Hartarto, holds shares (albeit small) in PT Samantaka, a company in the BlackGold-led consor­tium that allegedly paid bribes for the Riau‑1 coal-supply contract (p. 10).  A district-level corruption case exposed in July has led to the interrogation of a prominent PDI-Perjuangan figure, parliament Vice Speaker Utut Adianto (p. 12).

Policy News: Officials from Bank Indonesia (BI) demand that foreign electronic payment services – especially WeChat and Alipay – comply with requirements to integrate with the national payments gateway, in order for the foreign-exchange to circulate (p. 14).

Election Preparations: Upcoming election‑schedule dates are the finalization of legislative‑candidate lists on 20 September, the issuance of ballot numbers to tickets on 21 September and the official start of campaigning on 23 September (p. 15).

Infrastructure: The Jakarta‑Cikarang Elevated Tollroad will be ready for use in time for the 2019 Lebaran holiday season (p. 15).

Economics: Parliament accepted the proposed 2019 budget with assumptions unchanged (p. 16).

 

 

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