Backgrounder

Tenggara Backgrounder July 27

Vice-presidential showdown: Two weeks to go

As the deadline for the registration of presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the 2019 election approaches, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his potential contender Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto have yet to name their respective running mates. But the landscape could change as PAN, PKS and Democratic Party are likely to leave Gerindra alone.

JK’s maneuvers

In the midst of political turbulence, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s safest bet for running mate in the upcoming presidential election remains his Vice President Jusuf Kalla. His chance, however, is now in the hands of the Constitutional Court.

Concerns remain in the Freeport deal

The divestment of Freeport will turn Rio Tinto’s human rights and environmental problem into Inalum’s problem. Both the government and Inalum need to treat the consequences of Freeport’s divestment with delicacy.

Poultry lobbying ends in price fluctuation for consumers

The lobbying efforts to protect small and medium poultry farms from direct competition with large poultry companies and severe price changes have resulted in fluctuating egg and broiler prices for consumers.