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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.

9 December 2016

Politics: President Joko Widodo’s decision to address the 2 December rally against Jakarta Governor Basuki Purnama (‘Ahok’) arguably set a negative precedent for future relations between the state and sectarian groups. However, in practice, the rally was too large for the president to ignore (Page 2). Police discussed whether the suspects arrested late last week, for treason and hate speech, worked in concert with others. Investigators claim to have made findings (p. 3). The choice of judicial panel chair for the trial of Purnama sheds light on the governor’s prospects. Although there will be further appeals, a district court verdict could be forthcoming prior to the 15 February election day (p. 7).

Justice: A Justice Welfare Party (PKS) legislator is the latest figure embroiled in the Maluku Road kickback case. Meanwhile, a suspect from the Public Works Ministry has reportedly given investigators names of other officials involved (p. 8). A relatively dynamic figure within PDI Perjuangan underwent questioning for his alleged role in the 2011-12 electronic identity card (e-KTP) procurement case. KPK officials are moving assertively, and the case appears capable of embroiling high-level party figures (p. 9).

Policy News: A second phase of the legal reform package is forthcoming soon, according to a presidential aide. The focus will be on regulatory harmonization (p. 10).

Security: The latest in a sporadic but long series of acts of intimidation against religi¬ous minorities occurred in Bandung, eliciting diverse reactions from politicians (p. 10).

Jakarta: Land acquisition for the very last segment of the Ciledug¬ Tendean elevated Busway line poses a threat to the project’s new target date for completion, early 2017 (p. 12). Contracts are in place for work on six overpasses and underpasses, including a tunnel at Mampang Prapatan, linking Jalan Rasuna Said with Jalan Warung Buncit (p. 12).

Disasters: The death toll from an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh, has reached 100 (p. 13).

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