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Risma the sole Indonesian finalist vying for World Mayor Prize

Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has been nominated for the 2014 World Mayor Prize. Risma, who is the sole Indonesian finalist, will compete with 26 mayors around the world in the competition, which the World Mayors Foundation holds every two years. Surabaya administration official Ifron Hady Susanto confirmed the news, saying the administration had received an […]

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Widodo poll victory confirmed in Jakarta

Widodo poll victory confirmed in Jakarta “We very much value and appreciate the work of the Constitutional Court,” said Widodo, the reform-minded governor of Jakarta, standing alongside his running mate, Jusuf Kalla, adding it had been “open, transparent and professional”. “This gives us the … Full News here – Read more on Gulf Times

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Garuda, ASEAN-China center team up to better serve Chinese tourists to RI

Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and the Beijing-based ASEAN-China Center conducted a capacity-building workshop in Jakarta on Friday in order to attract more Chinese tourists to Indonesia as well as to serve them better. The workshop, attended by Indonesian Ambassador to China and Mongolia Soegeng Rahardjo, ASEAN-China Center secretary general Ma Mingqiang and a number of […]

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Supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto shout slogans during a protest near the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on Aug. 21, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Prabowo’s Coalition Disappointed With Court’s Rejection of Challenge to Election Result

Jakarta. The Merah Putih coalition, which supported losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, expressed disappointment at the Constitutional Court’s ruling that rejected Prabowo’s challenge to the election results. “The Constitutional Court ruling, regardless if final and binding, is not necessarily a reflection of the truth and substantial justice for the entire people of Indonesia,” coalition spokesman […]

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Joko Widodo will be inaugurated in October as Indonesia

Constitutional Court Upholds KPU Decision Declaring Jokowi Next President

[This story was first published at 10:05 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014] Jakarta. The Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected in its entirety the lawsuit filed by presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto against the official election result, reaffirming Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as Indonesia’s next and seventh president. The losing camp, though, was quick to raise […]

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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, left, said on Friday that Sarwo Handayani was his preferred choice to replace him as deputy governor, when he takes over the governorship from Joko Widodo, right.  (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

After Jokowi Confirmation, Basuki Wants Sarwo Handayani as Jakarta Deputy Governor

Jakarta. Thursday’s announcement by the Constitutional Court confirming Joko Widodo as Indonesia’s next president means Jakarta will need a new deputy governor. And Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the capital’s No. 2 who will take over from Joko as governor, already has found his candidate. “If I were able to choose, I would choose [Sarwo Handayani],” Basuki said on […]

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Two alleged ISIL supporters arrested in Depok

The Depok City Police arrested on Friday two men suspected of being supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Firman Hidayat (36) and his father Muhammad Firdaus (60) were arrested after residents in Kemiri subdistrict, Beji district, Depok, West Java, reported spotting an ISIL flag adorning the walls of the suspects’ […]

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Jokowi-JK told to formulate policies now

President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla should transform their campaign promises into policies immediately following the Constitutional Court’s recent ruling, a politician said Friday. “They should formulate campaign promises into policies right away,” the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) deputy secretary-general, Achmad Basarah, said as quoted by kompas.com. The court rejected […]

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Firman Hidayat Silalahi, 36, was arrested early on Friday for displaying the ISIS flag. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Depok Ice Cream Seller Arrested After Flying ISIS Flag Outside House

Depok. A Depok resident was arrested on Friday after his neighbor reported him to the police for being in possession of an ISIS flag. Firman Hidayat Silalahi, 36, an ice salesman who has lived in the city south of Jakarta with his wife, two children and parents since 2011, was arrested by police in the early […]

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With Jokowi confirmed what's next for Jakarta stocks?

With Jokowi confirmed what's next for Jakarta stocks? The Jakarta Composite surged to a fresh 15-month high Friday morning after Joko Widodo was confirmed as president of the world's third-largest democracy. Stocks powered to a high of 5223.975 in early trade before falling slightly, while the rupiah … Full News here – Read more on CNBC

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JCI falls by 0.14%

The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed on a negative note in Friday’s final trading session, falling by 0.14 percent to finish at 5,198.89 even though the index had touched 5,221 in the morning, the highest since May 2013. The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) data showed only three out of 10 sectors had made improvements by […]

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Defense minister pledges to form infantry brigade in N Kalimantan

Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro has pledged to station more Indonesian military (TNI) personnel in Nunukan District, North Kalimantan, bordering Malaysia, by forming an infantry brigade of the Armys Strategic Reserve … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Rupiah appreciates to 11,649 per dollar Friday morning

The rupiah traded among banks in Jakarta on Friday morning appreciated by 43 basis points to Rp 11,649 per US dollar. “The rupiah strengthened as the market responded positively to the Constitutional Court’s verdict last night,” Trust Securities research head Reza Priyambada said in Jakarta on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency. He, however, […]

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Jokowi to respect CC’s decision

President-elect Joko Widodo said he would respect the decision of the Constitutional Court on the dispute of the July 9 presidential election results, Thursday. “We trust the MK and we will respect its decision. This is … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Up close and personal with Jokowi

On the blisteringly hot afternoon of Indonesia’s 69th independence day, Joko Widodo’s quick changes of attire included a white long-sleeved shirt, black- and-yellow football kit and a gunny sack. He had joined a sack race and then a football match as part of the traditional Aug 17 festivities in the gritty working-class district of Pluit […]

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