Tenggara Backgrounder July 20

Predicting Prabowo’s political ploy

Incumbent President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s political maneuvering has beendiscussed exhaustively ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Predicting the potential strategies of Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general and losing candidate in the last two elections, is of equal importance. Like Jokowi, Prabowo remains utterly silent about his choice of running mate.

Jokowi, the Army and the election

The recent installment of Lt. Gen. Andika Perkasa, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s former Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) commander, as the new Army Strategic Reserves commander (Pangkostrad) has been seen asa strategic decision ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Andika’s reported close links with Jokowi may strengthen the President’s control over the Army as the election looms.

PLTU Riau-1 corruption case reveals darkside of electricity business

A corruption case revolving around the steam power plant (PLTU) Riau-1 project has resulted in the arrest of House of Representatives (DPR) member Eni Maulani Saragih and an investigation of Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham.

Investors show lack of interest in latest oil and gas auction

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) is surprised byinvestors’ lack of interest in the latest oil and gas auction. There were only seven participants at the auction, and none of them followed through on their promise to submit work proposals by the deadline of July 3.