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Vice President Jusuf Kalla has been strategizing for the upcoming 2019 General Election. People close to him are lobbying political party officials. He has sent a signal that he supports Anies Baswedan. Despite saying he does not want to run against Jokowi in a political campaign, he has opened the door to offers of becoming a presidential candidate. His three options: become a presidential candidate, become a vice-presidential candidate, or become a kingmaker.
One month before the registration deadline for the 2019 Presidential Election candidates, Vice President Jusuf Kalla name continues to be mentioned as one of those who could be President Joko Widodo running mate.
The Ministry of Education and Culture’s Agency of Language Development and Construction has declared 11 of Indonesia’s 652 ethnic languages extinct. As many as 19 ethnic languages are now endangered and four critically endangered. The administration of North Maluku, where some of these near-extinct texts are from, is working to preserve extant languages, among others by including ethnic languages in local school curricula and compiling dictionaries. Efforts to salvage and preserve ethnic languages are also in progress in North Sumatra, with various groups as well as individuals working to safeguard the Toba Batak language, including through a social media forum. Tempo English reports.
Learning Toba Batak Through Social Media
The KPK arrested Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf and Bener Meriah Regent Ahmadi over alleged bribery involving the Special Autonomy Funds. Aceh officials have been embezzling the funds for quite some time.
Makassar’s sole mayoral candidate has lost to a blank box on the ballot. There was an attempt to gain votes by falsifying data.