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Monday, January 08, 2018

Imported From Jakarta

Five days before the Christmas holiday, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) General ChairMegawati Sukarnoputri called Djarot Saiful Hidayat to her home in Jalan Teuku Umar, Jakarta. Without much discussion, Megawati ordered him to run as a candidate for North Sumatra governor. In response, Djarot asked for a chance to see how he is perceived in the province.

The former Jakarta governor then took his wife and his…

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.