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Spokesman of Gerindra, Andre Rosiade., 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)





A member of the Jakarta Legislative Council, Bestari Barus., Jakarta – A member of the Jakarta Legislative Council, Bestari Barus, has expressed hope that Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan’s, visit to Colombia for one week till July 16 would be beneficial to the capital city.

“Colombia? Maybe the government there (Columbia) works better than (the one) here, so he (Anies) needs to conduct a comparative study on how to manage a good government, so as to ensure the rest of the budget is not high,” Bestari said at the Jakarta Legislative Council on Tuesday (9/7/2019).

Bestari was initially quite surprised to find out that Anies had left for Colombia for a week.

“Maybe the governor is tired of the conditions in Jakarta. Maybe he should find a comparison on how to be able to provide inputs or orders to the work unit of the regional office,” he said.

The chairman of the Faction of the National Democratic Party at the legislative council stated that the performance of the Jakarta Provincial Government still needs to be improved, especially with regard to the construction of 225 thousand flats, 700 of which have been completed and the number has yet to increase.

“If 25 thousand flat units are completed by the region-owned enterprises and the Housing Office, there will be five thousand units in one year. There are only 700 units (now),” he said.

It was reported that Governor Anies flew to Colombia to speak at the World Cities Summit, which is a meeting for hundreds of regional heads from a number of countries in the world to discuss innovation, governance, and cultures. (arn)

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Government representatives in a meeting with the House of Representative's Budget Agency in Jakarta on Monday (8/7/2019)., Jakarta – The Budget Academy of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) approved an economic growth target of between 5.2 percent and 5.5 percent for 2020, based on the macro-economic predictions of the 2020 Draft State Budget.

The approval was made during a meeting between the DPR Budget Agency, the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Indonesia and the Ministry of National Planning and Development, which was held in Jakarta Monday (8/7/2019).

“The outcomes of this meeting are subject to further discussion and include the basic pillars of the 2020 State Budget Bill, along with relevant financial data,” the meeting’s chairman, Kahar Muzakir said.

The meeting also discussed several key issues, such as national macro-economic predictions, related macro-fiscal frameworks, such as state revenues and expenditures, and national development targets for 2020.

The parliament approved the government’s proposed economic growth target, which is estimated to range from 5.2 percent to 5.5 percent, John Kenedy Azis (Member of the House Representative’s Budget Agency) explained, adding that the government also estimates annual inflation to be two percent to four percent while the exchange rate of the Rupiah (Rp) against the US dollar is expected to be between Rp14,000 and Rp14,500 per dollar.

Regarding national development targets for 2020, the unemployment rate is estimated to be between 4.8 percent to 5.1 percent, and poverty rate from 8.5 percent to 9.5 percent, and Gini ratio from 0.375 to 0.380, and human development index at 72.51 percent.

During the meeting, Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Minister of Finance) expressed his appreciation for the key role of the DPR Budget Agency in developing the initial plan of the Draft State Budget, before it is finalized as the 2020 State Budget.

“We would like to thank all the working committees. We will take all inputs into account. If there are any changes, we will certainly declare them,” Indrawati said. (hep)

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In connection with this deadly post-election rioting, the police arrested more than 180 suspects., Jakarta – The West Jakarta Metropolitan Police have pledged to submit the dossiers of all suspects in the recent post-election rioting, which ended in the deaths of nine civilians, to the public prosecutor immediately.

“The suspects and their dossiers will be handed over to the public prosecutor this week or, at the latest, next week,” the West Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman, Commissioner Martson Marbun, told journalists here on Thursday (4/7/2019).

None of the suspects’ detention was suspended. Instead, they were all to be handed over to the public prosecutor at the same time, he said.

In connection with this deadly post-election rioting, the police arrested more than 180 suspects. They came from various areas outside Jakarta, such as Banten, West Java, Central Java, and the provinces in Sumatra Island.

Among the suspects that the police nabbed were those allegedly involving in instigating riots and attacking a police dormitory in the Petamburan area, Central Jakarta.

Regarding this May’s post-election rioting, Amnesty International Indonesia divulged that a dozen personnel of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) allegedly committed acts of physical violence against the demonstrators and people they arrested in Kampung Bali, Central Jakarta.

Papang Hidayat, the Amnesty International Indonesia researcher, told journalists recently that his team was deployed in Kampung Bali (Bali Village) to investigate and corroborate the truth behind a video showing Brimob personnel torturing people. The video had gone viral on May 23, 2019.

“We identified four victims in Kampung Bali in the act of violence that took place there at around 5:30 a.m. local time,” he remarked, adding that during that time, the Brimob personnel swept the area and ordered a worker of a parking area to open the parking lot gate on May 23, 2019.

The post-election rioting erupted after the KPU officially declared the final results of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections on May 21, 2019, confirming the victory of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma’ruf Amin pair.

Nine people died in the rioting, the police reported.

The demonstrators voiced their disapproval in front of the Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) Office in Central Jakarta, as they believed massive fraud had been committed during the presidential elections, the results of which were officially announced at the KPU’s plenary session on May 21. (riz)

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