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GERINDRA WANTS PRISONERS ARRESTED DURING ELECTIONS RELEASED

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Spokesman of Gerindra, Andre Rosiade.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto-founded Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party has asked for those arrested during the 2019 presidential election process to be released and the return of Rizieq Shihab to Jakarta as pre-conditions for reconciliation.

“One of our hopes for reconciliation is that there should be no one feeling oppressed,” Andre Rosiade, spokesman of Gerindra said here Wednesday (10/7/2019).

The reconciliation process must leave no one behind, particularly those who feel they are being oppressed, he said, referring to those who were detained during the electoral process.

Gerindra wants to see this nation unite and living in harmony again, so there should no longer be burdened by the issues that occurred during the electoral excesses.

“If we want to be on good terms and friendly, every existing case and burden must be dealt with,” he said.

The objective of being friendly again is to solve the existing problems, including that with regard to Rizieq Shihab, a prominent religious figure and ulema (Islamic scholar) who was frequently summoned by the police, he remarked.

There is an X factor hampering Shihab from returning to Indonesia, he said, without giving further details.

“There is an X factor preventing Shihab from going home. The X factor could only be resolved by the government,” he said.

Shihab had been involved in several cases after leading a series of actions in 2016. He left Indonesia for Saudi Arabia in April 2017 to perform Umrah (minor hajj) with his family and never returned to Jakarta.

On May 2017, police named him as a suspect in a pornography case following a series of sexually explicit WhatsApp chats allegedly exchanged between him and a woman which went viral. In June 2018, the police closed the investigations because the uploader of the video could not be found.

Meanwhile, following the announcement of the election results, many parties have called for a reconciliation between Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and the contender Prabowo Subianto, to restore the national harmony as the 2019 presidential election had showcased a nation divided. (riz)

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MPR SEEKS JUSUF KALLA’S INPUTS ON CONSTITUTION

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Vice President Jusuf Kalla along with the leaders of the People's Consultative Assembly delivers a statement in Jakarta on, Thursday (17/10/2019).

Gretaindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Leaders of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) sought Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s inputs on the State Constitution, especially relations between high state institutions.

“We held extensive discussions on the Constitution and obtained inputs from Vice President Jusuf Kalla on relations between high state institutions,” MPR speaker Bambang Soesatyo remarked in Jakarta on Thursday (17/10/2019).

Vice President Kalla stated that there was no longer the highest state institution, but there was a high state institution.

During the discussion, the vice president urged the leaders of MPR to gain an understanding of the position of the institution in future.

“The question is what will be the future position of the MPR among other institutions,” he stated.

The vice president put forth a suggestion for the MPR to be open to public aspirations on the limited amendments to the 1945 Constitution and the plan to revive state policy guidelines (GBHN).

Soesatyo stressed that the MPR had been heedful of the public aspirations on the limited amendments to the 1945 Constitution and the plan to revive the GBHN.

The MPR leaders who attended the meeting comprised Chairman of the Indonesian MPR Bambang Soesatyo and Deputy Chair of MPR RI Ahmad Muzani, Syarif Hasan, Ahmad Basarah, Fadel Muhammad, Lestari Moerdijat, Zulkifli Hasan, Arsul Sani, and Jazilul Fawaid.

MPR speaker Bambang Soesatyo and Deputy Chairmen of MPR Ahmad Muzani, Syarif Hasan, Ahmad Basarah, Fadel Muhammad, Lestari Moerdijat, Zulkifli Hasan, Arsul Sani, and Jazilul Fawaid were among the Indonesian MPR leaders attending the meeting. (vin)

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GERINDRA OFFICIAL WANTS PRABOWO TO JOIN JOKOWI’S CAMP

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Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Secretary General, Ahmad Muzani.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Babakanmadang – Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Secretary General Ahmad Muzani said he was keen to see the party leader, Prabowo Subianto, join the coalition of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma’ruf Amin administration. However, it was up to Prabowo to decide the party’s direction as stipulated in Gerindra’s rules and guidelines, he told journalists on the sidelines of the Gerindra Party’s national meeting at Prabowo’s residence in Hambalang, Bogor District, West Java Province, Wednesday (16/10/2019).

Meanwhile, Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, spokesman of Gerindra’s Chief Patron Prabowo Subianto, earlier stated that Prabowo had submitted his “great push” concept to Widodo a month ago.

The concept contained three main points that could provide Indonesia’s economic development with a great push under the Jokowi-Amin leadership with the spirit of food and energy security as well as powerful defence and security, he said.

The Gerindra party was capable of playing the role of a critical coalition to affect the government’s policies for the nation’s benefit, another political analyst opined.

However, if Gerindra decided to stay within the government, the functioning of the opposition in the House of Representatives (DPR) would be weakened, the Nation State Institute (NSI)-Indonesia political analyst, Yandi Hermawandi, said.

“Gerindra is capable of implementing a critical coalition mechanism through which Prabowo’s ideas and perspectives that he had conveyed during his presidential campaign, such as opposing import and foreign debt policies, can be executed,” he said.

Therefore, Gerindra’s presence inside the Jokowi-Amin administration would ensure that the government’s policies are implemented in the people’s interest, he said.

Meetings that Prabowo Subianto had with incumbent President Jokowi and key figures of his coalition over the past two weeks had hinted that Gerindra wanted to join the government, Hermawandi argued.

On October 11, Subianto had held a meeting with President Jokowi at the Merdeka Palace during which they shared a common perspective of Indonesia’s dire need for security and political stability.

On October 13, Prabowo met with Surya Paloh, and on October 14 with the National Awakening Party (PKB) leader, Muhaimin Iskandar.

Nasdem and PKB are members of the Jokowi-Amin coalition.

Along with the Golkar Party, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Muslim-based United Development Party (PPP), and several other minor parties, Nasdem and PKB demonstrated their unwavering support for the Jokowi-Amin camp during and after the campaign. (ran)

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POLICE CONFIRM ARRESTS OF 26 TERROR SUSPECTS ON 10-15

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Brigadier General, Dedi Prasetyo.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Indonesian Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 has placed in detention 26 terror suspects in several regions on October 10-15, 2019.

“In total, 26 suspects in cases of terror crimes were arrested by Densus 88 until today,” Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo, spokesman of the Indonesia Police (Polri), stated at the Polri Headquarters, here on Tuesday (15/10/2019).

The arrests were made after the recent incident in which Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto was stabbed in Pandeglang, Banten Province.

On Tuesday, four people were arrested in Cirebon and Bandung, West Java Province. In Cirebon, the police detained S and LT and Bandung DP and MNA.

“LT was indoctrinated to become a bomber, with the targets being police headquarters and places of worship in Cirebon,” he revealed.

The police investigation unearthed that JAD Bandung had planned to commit acts of terror targeting police headquarters and places of worship in Bandung.

“In Cirebon, they would use a society bomber, while JAD Bandung, they planned to attack by using weapons, such as airsoft guns, knives, and other sharp weapons on individuals as well as places that I had mentioned earlier,” he noted.

In the meantime, in last September, Densus 88 had detained nine suspected terrorists in Tambun, West Java and Cilincing, Central Jakarta, allegedly members of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

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Prasetyo had stated on September 23, 2019, that the squad had first detained SN and AZ at 5:35 a.m. local time in South Tambun, West Java.

Later, it detained H and IG at 6:05 a.m. local time in South Tambun. At 7:05 a.m. local time, Densus 88 arrested AR and his wife S in North Tambun. Thereafter, at 8:30 a.m. local time, the anti-terror squad arrested AS in North Bekasi, and MA, alias Muri, in West Semper Village, Cilincing District, North Jakarta.

“Lastly, suspect I was arrested in West Jakarta. He was allegedly involved in personnel preparedness training in Bogor,” Prasetyo stated.

The police confiscated evidence, including a huge amount of high-explosive bomb materials, Triacetone Tripreoxide, from MA in Cilincing, already assembled for a terror attack.

It also seized various firearms, sharp weapons, and a pressure cooker for making a pressure cooker bomb from suspected terrorist, H. (ant)

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