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  • Aceh’s new Islamic laws violate rights: HRW

    The Indonesian government and the Aceh administration should take steps to repeal two Islamic bylaws in Aceh that violate rights and carry cruel punishments, watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

  • Perppu on regional elections ready to be issued, Yudhoyono says

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says that the draft of government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) designed to reinstate direct elections for regional heads had been finished.

  • More allegations entangle ex-minister Suryadharma

    Former religious affairs minister Suryadharma Ali is facing rough days ahead as the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) probes more corruption allegations against him.

  • Jokowi administration urged to tackle issue of intolerance

    Human rights activists have called on president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla to crack down on rising intolerance in the country as soon as they take the oath of office on Oct. 20.

  • SBY green-lights delayed inauguration for graft suspects

    The first joint plenary session of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), which was held on Wednesday to swear in new members, postponed the inauguration of five House lawmakers and two DPD members due to pending legal troubles.

  • Court should be last option: Doctor

    Obstetrician-gynecologist Dewa Ayu Sasiary, who was acquitted by the Supreme Court of malpractice on February, said Wednesday that any malpractice allegations would be better settled by medical councils.

  • House’s newly elected speakers inaugurated

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Hatta Ali swore in Setya Novanto of the Golkar Party as the new speaker of the House of Representatives, along with his four deputies, for the 2014-2015 term on Thursday at the House in Jakarta.

  • MUI urged to ban repeat haj pilgrimages

    The former chairman of the country’s largest Muslim organization, Nadlatul Ulama, Hasyim Muzadi, is calling on the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) to issue a religious edict prohibiting people from taking haj pilgrimages repeatedly.

  • KPK launches anti-graft smartphone app

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) launched on Wednesday an interactive smartphone app called GRATIs, which stands for Gratuities, Information and Socialization, aiming to deepen people’s knowledge of gratuity prevention, just weeks after launching its own TV channel in August.

  • Marzuki: Beware of attempts to undermine Pancasila

    Outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives, Marzuki Alie, reminded various parties on Wednesday to be vigilant for attempts to undermine Pancasila as the nation’s ideology that holds Indonesia together.

  • Delay in inauguration of five House members

    The General Elections Commission (KPU) postponed the inauguration of five House of Representatives members-elect as President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono delayed issuing their installation decrees due to legal problems.

  • KPU delays inauguration of two DPD candidates

    The General Elections Commission (KPU) has postponed the inauguration of two Regional Representative Council (DPD) members as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono decided to delay issuing their installation decrees following their involvement in legal problems.

  • 9,000 police deployed to secure inauguration of new lawmakers

    Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that his institution had deployed 9,000 police personnel to secure the inauguration ceremony of new lawmakers of the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday.

  • Dems may jump ship to PDI-P camp

    Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo has said that he believes the Democratic Party will join his camp at the House of Representatives for the 2014-2019 term.

  • Yudhoyono tweets response to public outcry

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono finally answered public outcry on Wednesday after being slammed insistently on Twitter through hashtags such as #ShameOnYouSBY, #RIPDemocracy, #ShameOnYouAgainSBY and #WelcomeMrLiar for five days regarding the decision by the Democratic Party’s lawmakers who walked out of a plenary session to vote on the regional election (Pilkada) law at the House of Representatives.

  • Five politicians fail to be inaugurated as new lawmakers

    House of Representatives secretary-general Winantuningtyastiti revealed that five politicians would not be inaugurated on Wednesday as new lawmakers in the House of Representatives for the 2014 to 2019 term because they had allegedly been involved in graft.

  • Soldier, six civilians accused of beating cop

    A soldier identified as Yopie Laturake and six men have been taken into custody for allegedly beating a police investigator to death in Ambon, Maluku, on Monday.

  • House leaves hundreds of unfinished bills

    At the end of its five-year term on Tuesday, the House of Representatives failed to reach its ambitious legislation target, leaving 121 bills in limbo, most of which would likely be dropped given the absence of a carry-over mechanism for unfinished bills.

  • Netizens cheer at Tifatul’s departure

    The Twittersphere was abuzz as netizens rejoiced after Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring announced his resignation to assume his upcoming position as a member of the House of Representatives for the
    2014-2019 term.

  • New type of homemade bomb found in Poso

    The police in Poso, Central Sulawesi, have found a new type of homemade bomb in Tamanjeka, on the Poso coast, along with other evidence allegedly belonging to an armed group led by Daeng Koro and Santoso.

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