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Indonesia's sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono while accompanying his wife Ani Yudhoyono outside the treatment room for a short walk., Jakarta – Ani Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s wife, was reportedly taken back to the intensive care unit (ICU) after showing signs of improvement and being able to breathe fresh air outside the hospital environment.

The news was conveyed by two Democratic politicians, Andi Arief and Rachland Nashidik through his Twitter account.

“Please pray for Ms. Ani’s recovery. This morning, I have to go back to the NUH Singapore ICU,” Arief wrote on his Twitter.

“This morning, Ms. Ani’s condition in the ICU was deteriorating slightly. Please pray,” Nashidik mentioned on his account.

Ani Yudhoyono had earlier been allowed to leave the National University Hospital, Singapore, after months of being in a treatment room.

Ani was undergoing treatment for blood cancer in Singapore since early February. (els)

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Secretary General of the Ministry of Education, Didik Suhardi, PhD., Jakarta – The Ministry of Education and Culture received a revised quota of new students accepted through performance track from five percent to 15 percent.

“Based on the president’s directives, it was decided that there would be flexibility in the performance track. We have decided to make a range of five to 15 percent for the performance track,” said Secretary General of the Ministry of Education Didik Suhardi, PhD, here on Thursday (20/6/2019).

Changing the range for the performance track means accommodating students who want to attend schools outside their zones. The revision was made based upon Minister’s decree no 51/2018 regarding the acceptance of new students in kindergarten, elementary, junior high, high schools and vocational schools.

Didik added that the revision had been brought to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and was expected to be completed on Friday (6/21/2019).

The Ministry of Education and Culture will immediately send a letter to the education office in each region, to assist regions that still have problems with the acceptance of new students.

“For regions where the acceptance of new students is not problematic, there is no need to follow this revision,” he said.

According to Didik, with the zoning expanded, schools will become available to students from all walks of life.

“For this reason, all parties support this zoning policy. Moreover, public schools do not distinguish one student with another. Not only smart children, but children whose homes are not far from the schools must be accommodated, so there is no discrimination,” Didik said.

Admission for new students in 2019 has been carried out along three bases, namely those on zoning, performance and parents who move from one to other areas. In this case, the zoning quota includes disadvantaged students and persons with disabilities in schools that provide inclusive services. (jtr)

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Head of the Hajj Fund Management Board (BPKH), Anggito Abimanyu., Jakarta – Head of the Hajj Fund Management Board (BPKH) Anggito Abimanyu has denied allegations that the board has used hajj funds to finance the development of infrastructure in the country.

“BPJH has not made direct investments in infrastructure projects,” he said during a media briefing in Jakarta on Wednesday (19/6/2019).

He did say that BPKH places funds in hajj-related investments, including state and corporate securities.

“The investment orientation is directly related to hajj. … We are exploring the possibility of hajj-related investments in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

He went on to say that hajj pilgrimage funds have been transferred to the Religious Affairs Ministry. The funds included operational funding for an additional quota of 10 thousand Indonesian hajj pilgrims.

Early this year, the Saudi King confirmed an additional quota of 10 thousand hajj pilgrims for Indonesia. Meanwhile, the Indonesian government has set hajj pilgrimage costs for 2019.

“This includes expenses for an additional 10 thousand hajj pilgrims. We also take part in financing through efficiencies we have made,” he said.

He noted that the additional quota of 10 thousand hajj pilgrims prompted the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) to make adjustments.

Some 231 thousand Indonesian Muslims are expected to perform the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year. (anm)

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Presidential Candidate for 2019, Prabowo Subianto and 2019 Vice President Candidate, Sandiaga Uno at a press conference at Jalan Kertanegara, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Wednesday (05/22/2019)., Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto’s brother, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, has been appointed to represent the Prabowo-Sandi pair in filing a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court (MK) to challenge presidential election results.

“Mr. Hashim Djojohadikusumo has been appointed to lead our team of lawyers. Tomorrow, prior to the deadline, a team of lawyers will file a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court,” Vice Presidential candidate number 02 Sandiaga Uno said here on Thursday (23/5/2019).

Speaking at the residence of Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto on Kertanegara IV Street, Uno said filing the lawsuit at MK was a measure that the Prabowo-Sandi pair will take to ensure that they remain on the constitutional road.

On Friday, the Prabowo-Sandi pair will announce its team of lawyers who will represent them at the Constitutional Court, he said, adding that senior lawyer Otto Hasibuan’s role in the team would also be disclosed on Friday.

Coordinator of the Prabowo-Sandi camp’s Spokesperson Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak said earlier that his group’s team of lawyers would comprise Rikrik Rizkian, Bambang Widjojanto, Irman Putra Sidin, and Denny Indrayana.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced the final results of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, detailing the victory of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma’ruf Amin pair on early Tuesday.

The final tally that the KPU announced at around 1:28 a.m. indicated that the Jokowi- Amin pair had secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, as compared to contenders Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno’s with 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent.

The Jokowi-Amin pair declared victory, while the Prabowo-Sandi pair rejected the KPU’s official results and vowed to challenge it by filing an official complaint with the Constitutional Court (MK).

This unfinished political process sparked a mass protest from the Prabowo-Sandi pair’s supporters, who alleged massive fraud during the presidential elections.

The police allowed demonstrators to stage a rally until they finished performing Tarawih, the evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan. As told by National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, peaceful demonstrators left the Bawaslu building area at around 9 p.m. local time.

However, according to Prasetyo, two hours later, some 100 people again gathered in front of the Bawaslu building and destroyed the barbed-wired barricades. Instead of leaving the scene, they attacked the police by throwing stones, wood, and Molotov cocktails at them.

Tensions rose and led to a riot in the Tanah Abang area of Central Jakarta from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday (22/5/2019).

The post-election riot has claimed eight lives and injured 541 rioters, as of Thursday at 11.00 a.m., Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said. (sya)

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