POLITICS

Government Still Looking for Jakarta´s Replacement

President Joko Widodo’s cabinet will continue their study on cities that can replace Jakarta as the capital city, despite some challenges. In the Draft Revised State Budget 2017, the government has proposed Rp7 billion (US$524423.2) for the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) to conduct a quick study on the potential cities.

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Rizieq Calls for Reconciliation, or its Revolution

Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Habib Rizieq Syihab has invited the government to seek reconciliation, or islah. In a recorded message sent from Saudi Arabia, Habib called for a reconciliation between the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council´s Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) and the government.

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Jokowi Offers to Mediate Gulf Conflict

A new conflict in the Middle East has arisen. Qatar is being ‘disconnected’ by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for allegedly funding ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), Al-Qaeda and Ikhwanul Muslimin. 

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Jokowi does not Support Efforts to Negate KPK

President Joko Widodo has said that he will not intervene in the House of Representative’s plan to launch a rights-of-inquiry against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), saying that it is the parliament’s internal matter.

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Jokowi to Take Stern Actions against Conflict Provoking Groups

After taking a stern measure to disband Islamic Hizbut Tahir over the accusation that the mass organization is anti-Pancasila, the nation’s ideology, President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has instructed the National Police chief and the Indonesian Army commander to take action against statements and actions that threaten the national unity. 

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VP Jusuf Kalla Behind Anies Baswedan´s Candidacy

According to Zulkifli, JK brought a great influence although he only recommended Anies Baswedan’s name. JK is a senior politician, a figure of HMI and KAHMI, an Islamic figure, and many Muslim scholars (Ulemas) asked questions to him. So, JK has a significant influence among Muslims.

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Rights of Inquiry Initiators Losing Guts

Fewer political parties are supporting the Rights of Inquiry against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as some lawmakers have backed down, leaving only four factions openly supporting the move, namely the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the Golkar Party, the Nasional Democrat (NasDem) party and the People’s Conscious (Hanura) party.

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