Noticias

Presidential candidates vie for support of retired military generals

08 Mar 2019
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

While no longer in command or leading troops, former military top brass is still seen as very influential in the April presidential election.

The two presidential tickets running in the 2019 election are competing for support from former military generals, with each camp claiming it has stronger backing than the other.

Govt willing to pardon remaining MIT members if they surrender

21 Jul 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
Jakarta Post

The government will consider pardoning the remaining members of the East Indonesia Mujahiddin (MIT) terrorist group if they surrender to security officers, an official said on Thursday.

"We will offer them a pardon once they leave their hideouts. They are Indonesian citizens after all," Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Thursday.

Govt backs TNI's role in anti-terror law

20 Jul 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
Jakarta Post

The government is insisting on including the role of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in the revision of the Terrorism Law in its efforts to safeguard the country against the threat of terrorism, a minister said on Wednesday.

Indonesia should not rely only on the National Police's anti-terrorist squad Densus 88 amid the rising global threat of terrorism, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said. The government is considering whether to combine the force with the TNI to strengthen security measures.

EU, Indonesia launch free trade talks

19 Jul 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Star Online

The EU’s 28 member states agreed on Monday to launch free trade talks with Indonesia, despite growing public doubts in Europe about two major transatlantic deals.

The deal with Indonesia will build on pacts with other Asian powers such as Singapore and Vietnam.

“The EU and Indonesia represent a huge market of 750 million consumers. These negotiations are key to unleash synergies between our economies,” said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem and Indonesian Trade Minister Tom Lembong in a joint statement.

IS declares war on Malaysia and Indonesia

05 Jul 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Star

A gun-toting adult is surrounded by children, and a teen standing away from the group is seen cradling an AK-47 assault rifle.

The man is wagging his right index finger back and forth, and talks in a mix of Bahasa Malaysia and what sounded like Arabic.

He expresses gratitude to Allah for “easing our journey and jihad” and for appointing them as “soldiers of Tawhid (The Oneness of God)”.

He called out to the authorities of the nusantara (archipelago) – especially in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Jokowi to sign Tax Amnesty Law soon

30 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will soon sign the Tax Amnesty Law after the House of Representatives moved to pass the tax amnesty bill into law on Tuesday.

"The President has 30 days to sign the law," Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Most important, Pramono continued, were instruments to facilitate inflows from the tax amnesty program. The government estimates that additional tax revenue from the program could reach Rp 165 trillion. He said the program would also have a multiplier effect on development and economic growth.

Constitutional Court calls on Jokowi to OK regional elections bill

27 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

The Constitutional Court has called on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately sign the bill on a revision to the 2015 Regional Elections Law that was approved by the House of Representative earlier this month.

The signing of bill by the President is necessary so that the court can proceed with a judicial review submitted by groups of residents, said Constitutional Court chairman Arief Hidayat in Jakarta on Monday.

Govt allocates extra funds for defense, security

23 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
Jakarta Post

The government and the House of Representatives’ budget committee agreed Thursday to allocate more funds to the Defense Ministry and the National Police in the revised draft of the 2016 state budget. 

The ministry will get an additional Rp 6.6 trillion (US$499 million) while the National Police will get Rp 5.7 trillion from a total of Rp 18 trillion in additional expenditures for ministries and institutions. 

Regions can reject revocation of bylaws: Home Ministry

22 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

The Home Ministry said  regional administrations may file a lawsuit through the Supreme Court against the central government if they rejected the revocation of their problematic bylaws,  an official said on Tuesday.

"[Anyone] including regents, mayors, or even residents can file a lawsuit with the Supreme Court," The ministry's regional autonomy director general, Soni Sumarsono, said as quoted by kompas.com.

He said the ministry's decision to revoke bylaws aimed to improve efficiency and shorten bureaucracy to ease the process of attaining permits.

Lawmaker urges Jokowi to sign new elections bill into law

17 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

A lawmaker is pushing the government to immediately sign the bill containing revisions of the 2015 Regional Elections Law so that it can be used for public purposes.

The House of Representatives had passed the draft revision of the Regional Elections Law on June 2. However, the bill has not yet been signed into law and numbered by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration.

Lawmaker urges Jokowi to sign new elections bill into law

17 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

A lawmaker is pushing the government to immediately sign the bill containing revisions of the 2015 Regional Elections Law so that it can be used for public purposes.

The House of Representatives had passed the draft revision of the Regional Elections Law on June 2. However, the bill has not yet been signed into law and numbered by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration.

New spy agency is unnecessary: Vice President Jusuf Kalla

15 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

The Defense Ministry's plan to establish its own intelligence agency is unnecessary, Vice President Jusuf Kalla says on Tuesday.

Even though the government had yet to make comprehensive discussion about the realization of the plan, Kalla asserted that the newly spy agency was in-fact not an urgency in the present.

"[The government] haven't discussed anything, but I can assure that we don't need too much agencies in the meantime," Kalla said as quoted by kompas.com.

Minister denies armed military training for gangsters

14 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
Jakarta Post

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has denied providing armed military training to gang members and mass organizations as part of Bali's state defense program.

The state defense training curriculum did not include an introduction to using firearms, he said, adding that he knew nothing about the involvement of groups known for violence and causing unease among citizens.

Bawaslu will have authority to disqualify candidates: Chairman

14 Jun 2016
Indonesia
Fuente: 
The Jakarta Post

The Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) will have the authority to impose administrative sanctions and disqualify regional head candidates proven guilty of buying votes, the agency’s chairman has said.

Bawaslu head Muhammad said the new authority had been conferred through the revision of the 2015 Regional Elections (Pilkada) Law passed by the House of Representatives on June 2. 

"Bawaslu will have an administrative authority [...] We will enhance administrative law enforcement," Muhammad told thejakartapost.com on Monday.

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