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Former Speaker of the Indonesian Parliament, Bambang Soesatyo., Jakarta – Bambang Soesatyo, a senior politician of the Golkar Party and former House Speaker, was announced as the Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) for the 2019-2024 period by acclamation.

Soesatyo was supported by nine political factions in MPR and the Regional Representative Council (DPR) Group in MPR.

The plenary meeting of MPR led by temporary chairmen, Abdul Wahab Daimente (80) as the eldest MPR member, and Hiallary Brigitta Lasut (23) as the youngest member, at the Parliament Building, here on Thursday (3/10/2019) evening also announced nine new deputy chairmen of the MPR.

They are Ahmad Basarah of the PDIP Party, Ahmad Muzani from the Gerindra Party, Lestari Moerdijat from the Nasdem Party, Jazilul Fawaid from the PKB Party, Syarief Hasan from the Democratic Party (PD), Zulkifli Hasan from the PAN Party, Hidayat Nur Wahid from PKS, Arsul Sani from PPP, and Fadel Muhammad from the DPD Group in MPR.

On October 1, Puan Maharani, former coordinating minister for human development and culture and daughter of Megawati Soekarnoputri, chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was named the new Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) for the 2019-2024 legislative term.

Puan Maharani was sworn in together with new Deputy House Speakers, namely Azis Syamsuddin from Golkar, Sufmi Dasco Ahmad from Gerindra), Rahmat Gobel from Nasdem, and Abdul Muhaimin Iskandar from PKB.

In addition to this, the House of Representatives also endorsed the leadership line-up of nine factions in the DPR Tuesday night.

– The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) faction will announce its leadership on Wednesday, October 2.

– Golkar Party faction: Chief, Aziz Syamsuddin; Secretary, Adies Kadir; Treasurer, Muhidin.

– Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party faction: Chief, Edhy Prabowo; Secretary, Desmond J Mahesa; Treasurer, Novita Wijayanti.

– National Democratic (NasDem) Party faction: Chief, Ahmad HM Ali; Secretary, Saan Mustofa; Treasurer, Ahmad Sahroni.

– National Awakening Party (PKB) faction: Chief, Cucun A Syamsurizal; Secretary, Fathan Subhi; Treasurer, Bertu Merlas.

– Democrat Party faction: Chief, Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono; named of Secretary and Treasurer to be announced.

– Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) faction: Chief, Jazuli Juwaini; Secretary, Ledia Hanifa; Treasurer, Habib Aboe Bakar.

– National Mandate Party (PAN) faction: Chief, Mulfachri Harahap; Secretary, Yandri Susanto; Treasurer, Eko Hendro Purnomo. (rhp)

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