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Pressure to hold an extraordinary congress is mounting among cadres of the National Awakening Party (PKB). There are indications that Yenny Wahid and Yaqut Cholil Qoumas are gathering support to take over the position of general chair. Muhaimin Iskandar is maneuvering, asking for the support of the Presidential Palace and grooming his older brother to lead the party.
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko continues maneuvering to take over the Democrat Party. He once asked to become general chairman to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after he was no longer commander of the Indonesian Military. He is suspected of actively seeking the support of Democrat regional officials and cadres of other political parties. Some who are supportive of the current government administration have shown support for him on social media.
Terawan Agus Putranto is promoting the Nusantara vaccine to a number of officials. The National Institute of Health Research and Development does not fully supported research plans for this dendritic-cell vaccine. Terawan is also attaching researchers’ names without their consent.
The Electronic Information and Transactions Law is being used to indict people for making public criticisms. The President asked his administration to study options for revising the law, not long after some criticisms of the government were made. There is more support to issue directives on interpreting the law rather than revising it.
Minister of Research and Technology/Chair of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Bambang Brodjonegoro said he received full support from President Joko Widodo who asked BRIN to start working immediately. He also said that he had disagreements with the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Tjahjo Kumolo.
Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the General Chairman of Democrat Party, answered various accusations on his leadership and disorder in his party.