JAKARTA – It must have been tense encounter, with Indonesia’s President-elect Joko Widodo asking the man he will succeed to reduce a mammoth fuel subsidy before he leaves office and thus share the burden of what could prove an unpopular move.
JAKARTA – Launching a new website to promote tourism in East Timor, the founders of VisitEastTimor.com were right on both counts when they said “the people of Timor are just marvelous and love to welcome foreigners since they don’t get that many that often.”
JAKARTA – President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will become the first Indonesian leader without connections to the Suharto era when he takes office in less than 2 months time. The President-elect’s rise in paves the way for another history-making handover, as he will vacate the Governorship of Jakarta to his deputy – Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
JAKARTA – Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to results in last month’s presidential election, clearing the way for Joko Widodo to become President. The unanimous decision, which is not open to appeal, took over six hours to deliver in court. As the reading began, several hundred supporters of the defeated ticket lurched into police lines 500 yards away, trying to break a barricade.
UBUD – Every morning, Mardiana Deren wakes up before dawn. After a quick breakfast, she allots an hour or so to tapping rubber trees near her home, before giving hours to the ill and the injured as part of her day job as a nurse.
JAKARTA – In the short term, the outlook for the economy of Brunei-Darussalam is positive, with annual growth in gross domestic product (GDP) expected to approach 6 per cent for 2014, after contracting last year. Longer term, however, the outlook for the US$16 billion economy is murky, at best.
JAKARTA – The appointment of Hendropriyono is jarring, given that “Jokowi” ran on a record based on clean government in his roles as mayor of Solo and Jakarta Governor. His much-touted lack of Suharto-era New Order baggage – a unique selling point for a would-be president – was a keynote of his campaign.
BALI, INDONESIA — Pointing to the blue, purple, and yellow scarf wrapped ornately around her forehead and temples, Aleta Baun says that her vivid garb will be a regular sight inside the East Nusa Tenggara regional parliament in eastern Indonesia. The first-time lawmaker won a seat in elections last April.
BANDA ACEH – It was just after 7 pm on a Saturday evening, and the manager of the new King’O coffee and doughnuts outlet in Banda Aceh was lamenting a slow night’s trade.