Briefing on February 15 Jakarta Gubernatorial Elections

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, gubernatorial elections were held in Jakarta and across Indonesia. Jakarta’s candidates included incumbent Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, former education minister Anies Baswedan, and Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. As no candidate received the needed 50 percent of votes plus one, there will be a run-off election between Purnama and Baswedan on April 19, 2017.

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Indonesia 2016: Twelve Months in Review

Vriens & Partners Indonesia Annual Report, 2016 covers the country’s political, regulatory, and economic landscape of 2016 as well as expectations and predictions for 2017. In general, 2016 saw President Joko Widodo become increasingly confident in his leadership, even amid signs of vulnerability stemming from unrest in Jakarta. On the regulatory side, cross-sector localization efforts continued to expand, and the government prioritized increasing its tax base. Going forward, the Widodo Administration appears to have set a more realistic approach to meeting its goals, which include food security, transportation infrastructure development, electrification, and developing the services and manufacturing sectors.

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Briefing on July 27, 2016 Cabinet Reshuffle

On July 27, 2016, President Widodo announced thirteen changes to his Cabinet following months of rumors and several rounds of evaluation. Of the thirty-four positions in the Cabinet, nine new members were introduced and four were shifted to different roles. The changes involved some officials who were only appointed in August 2015. This reshuffle reflects a clear effort by President Widodo to reclaim control of his Cabinet, inject more effective people, and boost his political capital.

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