Indonesia morning news for April 18

Indonesia morning news for April 18

Indonesia morning news

Indonesian President Joko Widodo Set to Win Second Term After World’s Biggest One-Day Election
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto.

The vote’s (not quite) in the bag: Indonesia poll, West Papua way
It was late on Tuesday afternoon, just hours before Indonesia was due to go to the polls, and the ballots had still not arrived in Mugi, a village in the central highlands of Papua, the most easterly province in the archipelago.
— AL Jazeera

Indonesia’s elections: the foreign policy challenges that await
Indonesia’s national leaders and politicians have mostly paid more attention to domestic issues for the country’s upcoming general elections compared to regional and global challenges.
— The Interpreter

Public encouraged to send waste to sewage treatment plants
City-owned sewerage company PD PAL Jaya has called on the public to use the services of septic tank pump truck operators and to send their human waste to sewage treatment plants (IPLTs) to avoid pollution.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Next President Needs to Diversify Economy, Fmr. Minister Pangestu Says
Mari Pangestu, a former Indonesian trade minister and now a professor at University of Indonesia, talks about the economy and the presidential election. She speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.”
— Bloomberg (video)

Indonesia election: Widodo leads presidential race, polls suggest
Indonesia’s president looks to be on course for re-election, according to unofficial results released within hours of polls closing.
— BBC News

Boeing 737 MAX changes deemed ‘operationally suitable’: FAA
The changes US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has proposed in the wake of two deadly accidents of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft were deemed “operationally suitable,” according to a draft report released by US regulators Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Showdown in Indonesia
Indonesia kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections today, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation.
— The Asean Post

Elections largely peaceful despite glitches
Indonesia held the world’s biggest one-day 2019 presidential and legislative elections, marked by millions of citizens casting ballots at some 800,000 polling stations across the country. Voters likened the ambience to that of a holiday celebration.
— The Jakarta Post

Commentary: The contest in Indonesia will be closer than expected
Concerns over the economy, a noisy digital media landscape and the rise of religious forces are shaping what looks set to be a contentious election for Indonesia, says RSIS’ Leonard C Sebastian.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Jokowi calls for unity after bitter election battle
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on members of the public to reunite as brothers and sisters following the bitterly contested presidential election that again pitted him against his old rival, Prabowo Subianto.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia exports bananas and canned pineapple to China and Spain
The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and Great Giant Pineapple Co., Ltd. organized a festive ceremony to celebrate the export of bananas and canned pineapple to China and Spain.
— Fresh Plaza

MRT packed with passengers on election day
After casting their votes, Jakartans flocked to MRT stations to take advantage of the national holiday on Wednesday to try out the city’s new mode of transportation.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Host International Stand Up Paddle, Kayak Marathon
The Indonesia Sea Kayak Association head, Ade Satari, said Belitong Geopark International Stand Up Paddle and Kayak Marathon will be held on Friday-Sunday, August 2-4, 2019, in Tanjung Kelayang, Belitung.

Kalla hopes Election Commission will work honestly
Vice President M Jusuf Kalla hoped that the General Election Commission (KPU) and its personnel across various regions could work honestly, fairly, transparently and well during the vote counting process.
— Antara News

Clean energy poses challenge to coal-reliant Indonesia
Pile it up: This file photo shows coal being loaded onto a barge on the Mahakam River in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. State electricity company PLN is heavily reliant on coal to fuel its power plants.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia: Consolidation in external accounts since the beginning of Q4 2018
Over the last six months the rupiah has gained more than 7% against the dollar (14,085 rupiah per dollar on 16 April), taking it to just 2% higher than it was a year ago. Over the same period, foreign exchange reserves have increased (by USD 9 bn) taking them back close to their levels of a year ago.
— FX Street

Supervisory Board investigates videos on alleged pierced ballots
The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) is investigating certain videos allegedly showing ballots that were pierced in advanced, which went viral on polling day on Wednesday.
— Antara News

West Papua to open export route to Pacific countries
Papua province plans to open an export route for the 13 million people in 14 Pacific countries for agricultural products such as Wamena coffee, Governor Lukas Enembe has said.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Arief Budiman: Quick Count for Reference, Stick to KPU Result
The General Election Commission (KPU) head Arief Budiman appealed to all parties to acknowledge results of quick counts issued by pollsters as a reference and information.

Several hundred mentally ill people cast ballot in East Jakarta
Several hundred individuals ailing from mental health issues exercised their rights to vote at the Bina Laras Harapan Sentosa 2 nursing home in Cipayung, East Jakarta, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia: 193m people, 17,000 islands, one big election. Here’s what you need to know
Vote on 17 April is world’s biggest direct presidential election with more than 800,000 polling stations set up World’s most complex one-day elections Indonesia, a nation made up of 17,000 islands, will hold the biggest, most complex one-day elections.
— Intellasia

Indonesia election: Horses, boats and planes get ballot boxes to remote villages
With more than 190 million Indonesians voting in the general election, it hasn’t been easy getting ballot boxes to every part of the vast country.
— BBC News (video)

Mass deforestation: How trade fells trees in Brazil and Indonesia
The margarine Martin Persson spreads on his sandwiches each morning doesn’t keep him awake at night — but it does taste lightly of guilt.
— DW

Clean energy poses challenge to coal-reliant Indonesia
The government, which is highly dependent on coal for power generation, will be facing challenges from consumers as more and more people are shifting to clean energy, an energy expert says.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Governor affirms winner of presidential election is Indonesia’s leader
West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno appealed to every party and community member to wholeheartedly welcome the presidential and vice presidential candidate pair emerging victorious during Wednesday’s presidential elections since the duo will lead Indonesia.
— Antara News

The specter of Chinese investment looms over Indonesia’s election
Economic nationalism and issues of religious identity are at the forefront of Indonesia’s upcoming elections as the world’s largest Muslim-majority country goes to the polls on Wednesday.
— Intellasia

Prabowo Calls On Supporters to Remain Calm, Act No Anarchy
The Prabowo – Sandiaga campaign team held a brief press conference before the presidential hopeful’s residence on Jalan Kertanegara 4, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

Jokowi camp upbeat about clinching victory
Political parties in the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin camp are upbeat that the incumbent will clinch victory in the presidential election, with some party leaders expecting a win of at least 60 percent on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Heading Into Indonesia’s Election, Islamic Fundamentalism Gains Traction
Voters are deciding on more than 20,000 legislative seats and selecting a president. The incumbent president is pitted against a former military general accused of human rights abuses.

Following logistical hiccups, some Jayapura residents to vote on April 18
At least 160,000 residents of two districts in Jayapura, the provincial capital of Papua, will vote in the general election on April 18 after logistical glitches on Wednesday, when the country held the legislative and presidential election.
— The Jakarta Post

Industry Minister Hopes Indonesia to Get Next Level Post Election
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto pinned hope the next elected president could bring Indonesia’s economy to a higher rank.

On horseback and in canoes: ballot boxes dispatched as Indonesia votes – in pictures
Indonesia has kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto
— The Guardian

Indonesian mily to secure presidential elections in Nguda, Papua
The Indonesian military personnel would secure the parliamentary and presidential elections in Nduga District, Papua Province, on Wednesday, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia presidential race pits heavy metal against the general
Indonesia’s heavy metal-loving leader Joko Widodo faces off against ex-military general Prabowo Subianto in the race to lead the world’s third-biggest democracy Wednesday, a re-run of the 2014 election contest narrowly won by Widodo.
— Intellasia

Jokowi wins second term, CSIS-Cyrus quick count shows
A quick count conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Cyrus Network indicates that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been reelected to the presidency, with the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin ticket winning 55.8 percent of the vote against Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno’s 44.2 percent.
— The Jakarta Post


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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