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The meeting between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto happened after a long process of negotiations. It involved State Intelligence Agency Chief Budi Gunawan’s to handle Prabowo camp’s request to decriminalize their supporters, releasing them from jail. There are also talks about ministerial positions.
THE legislation of the revised KPK Law and the plan to legislate a number of problematic bills triggered a wave of student protests in various cities. After a demonstration on September 19 in front of the parliament building in Jakarta, students in other cities joined the protests in the days that followed.
Ma’ruf Amin made certain preparations for his move to the Vice-Presidential Palace. Besides engaging in physical exercise, he has also been studying more on sharia economy and radicalism. Many have approached him, hoping to be awarded positions. But he was not too involved in planning the cabinet line-up.
PRESIDENT Joko Widodo announced the names of 38 ministers and 12 deputy ministers who will assist him in his second term as president. Jokowi chose to reappoint several ministers who have been working with him since 2014. He again merges the research, technology and higher education ministry with the education and culture ministry; as well as the Creative Economy Agency—previously its own entity—with the tourism ministry. In the Indonesia Progress Cabinet, Jokowi embraces his contender in the past presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, as one of his helpers.
Extreme rainfall and stalled flood control projects led to flooding in Jakarta and vicinities. This was exacerbated by the lack of government preparedness to deal with the disaster, despite having been warned by the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).
With his prison sentence behind him, Ahok is now expanding his business and again embarking into politics. He decided to join the PDI-P following Megawati’s frequent visits while he was in prison. His relationship with the PSI is deteriorating. The former Jakarta governor was once courted by Prabowo’s camp.
The Biozek rapid test kit, which is imported by Kimia Farma from the Netherlands, seems to be questionable. An investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in collaboration with Tempo reveals that Biozek test kits are, in fact, manufactured in China. A number of studies also point to Biozek’s low accuracy. Sold at hundreds of thousands to millions of rupiah per unit, Biozek has spread to various places in the country, including the State Palace.