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Politics: Press reports conveyed increased optimism about prospects for the nomination for Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo – even though the actual supporting evidence for the optimism remains thin. Lower level party cadres are demonstrating support for Widodo’s nomination as PDI Perjuangan’s presidential candidate, but such support must swell further in order to compel the party chair to decide (Page 2). A ‘shadow cabinet’ of PDI P figures is unofficial and the party’s secretary general disavowed it, but the list of nine proposed ministers nonetheless provides insights. For instance, the proposed fisheries minister served a jail sentence for corruption after he held the same post in the past (p. 3). In response to press speculation, Jakarta Vice Governor Basuki Purnama (‘Ahok’) downplayed his vice presidential prospects, which are indeed remote (p. 5).
Justice: In the investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) of a giant energy sector tender last year, an unconfirmed report contains the account of a key Partai Demokrat legislator, Commission VII Chair Sutan Bhatoegana. The account impugns the party’s secretary general, Edhie Baskoro (‘Ibas’) Yudhoyono, at a time when the president’s party can ill afford yet more adverse publicity (p. 6). After three years of investigations, KPK officials charged former Partai Demokrat Chair Anas Urbaningrum with money laundering (p. 9). In a case that involves Prabowo Subianto’s Nusantara Energy, East Kutai District Chief Isran Noor filed criminal charges against the UK mining firm Churchill, immediately after Churchill won a favorable preliminary ruling from international arbitrators (p. 9).
Policy News: Parliamentarians failed to pass any major pending bills prior to entering recess through early May. Unfinished work includes the Bill on Regional Head Elections (RUU Pilkada) and two bills on the criminal justice system (RUU Kuhap and RUU KUHP). A veteran legislator doubts that the latter two can pass this year (p. 11). Through a series of interviews with the business paper Kontan, parties detailed their positions on food and education policies. The stances highlight broad conformity with current conventions. The parties’ weak credentials on governance impair their ability to credibly promise improvements (p. 12).
Election Preparations: Parties re¬ported the finances of their candidates (p. 14)
Appointments: Parliamentarians selected two lackluster figures to fill vacancies on the crucial Constitutional Court (p. 15).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.