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18 October 2019

Politics: A student demonstration in Central Jakarta on 17 October proved anemic, but authorities nonetheless remain on guard for potential disturbances to the 20 October re‑inauguration (Page 2).  Party rivalries are intensifying ahead of the new cabinet-roster announcement expected on 20 or 21 October.  Those that have been loyal to President Joko Widodo strenuously object to the potential inclusion of erstwhile opposition parties such as Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra.  Last-minute wrangling could conceivably postpone the roster announcement.  As for rumors about appointments, none are reliable, but most indications suggest that the cabinet’s overall complexion will be lackluster (p. 5).  Prabowo remains passively undecided about whether to endorse Widodo in exchange for cabinet representation (p. 5). 

Justice: The Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) made a flurry of arrests in separate regional-level cases (p. 6).  The revised KPK Law came into effect on 17 October (p. 7). 

Policy News: The religion minister abruptly announced a major change for Indonesia’s halal certification regime for consumer goods (p. 8).  The industry minister announced plans that would affect trade (p. 8). Introducing meritocracy in the bureaucracy is making headway, albeit very gradually, with the launch of an intriguing pilot project (p. 10).  The signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (Cepa) could occur next month with lower tariffs for a key industrial product (p. 12). 

Infrastructure: The State Power Company (PLN) finally agreed to a feed-in tariff that makes a long‑awaited energy project feasible (p. 12).

Economics: The coordinating maritime minister acknowledged the possibility of growth declining (p. 14).

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