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Indonesia: Cabinet reshuffle to improve Pandemic Control

Indonesia has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of infections has risen rapidly in recent weeks, the positive rate in tests and the number of deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus are the highest in Southeast Asia. With a cabinet reshuffle, President Joko Widodo now wants to improve the government’s position in handling the pandemic and its economic and social consequences.

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President Jokowi starts with his new cabinet in his second term

Following his successful re-election in the spring of 2019, Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, was officially inducted as President of the Republic of Indonesia on the 20th of October 2019 in Jakarta. Three days later, he introduced his new cabinet, whose personnel composition provided some surprises.

2018 Parliamentary Elections in East Timor

For the second time within the span of a year, the citizens of East Timor have elected a new Parliament. As the parliamentary elections on 22 June 2017 failed to produce a clear majority and a stable government, the President called for a new ballot to be held on 12 May 2018. This was the fifth parliamentary elections since the country gained independence.

Taur Matan Ruak, the New President of East Timor

People in East Timor saw the election year 2012 nervously and with discomfort. They were afraid that violence will occur, if the fragile functionality of their country is tested once again. However, based on the end of the president’s election, there were no reasons to be worried. The second round of the election on April 16th went peacefully and showed a clear result. The detailed publication can be read below (in German only).

SBY Remains Indonesia's President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono am 8. Juli im ersten Wahlgang wiedergewählt

Indonesia has made its vote. As it seems, its final one. According to the first projections, incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has been reelected on July 8 with 62% of the votes. This clear-cut victory of the team SBY-Boediono makes a second ballot redundant.

Presidential elections in Indonesia

Team Yudhoyono-Boediono with good chances to win

After the official release of final results for the parliamentary elections on April 9, the parties have finalized their negotiations about candidates and coalitions for the presidential elections on July 8.

Indonesia has made its vote

Partei Demokrat turns out strong in 2009 parliamentary elections

The national-liberal party Demokrat of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is according to the most current counting of ballots with 20,2% of votes the strongest party of the parliamentary elections on April 9, 2009. In comparison to 2004, the party could triple its share of votes (7,5% at the time). The leading party of the last elections, vice president Kalla's Golkar party experienced a drastic drop from 21,6% to now 14,9% and came in third place. The party PDI-P of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri became second largest party but also had to suffer a drop in votes from 18,5% to 15,0%.

Islamism against Pluralism - The pornography law in Indonesia

Following a debate that has lasted for years, the Indonesian parliament has passed the 'Pornography law' on October 30 despite severe protests

Ost Timor on the path to normality

After more than two years of instability and insecurity, one can experience a positive, forward-looking atmosphere in the capital city of Dili again. The times resembling civil war with refugee camps covering all free spots of the city and gang criminality seem - at least for now - have its end. For the first time since the start of agitations in May 2006, a visitor does not seem to confront a constant personal threat.

The effects of the financial crisis on Indonesia

Despite a deep plunge in the markets caused by domestic investors and a short period of suspended trading, Indonesia has so far - in comparison to other countries - only marginally been hit by the financial crisis.

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