Tenggara Backgrounder September 7

Who’s in charge of the 2019 elections?

Electoral system’s credibility and election result might be jeopardized when two election key agencies, General Elections Commission (KPU) and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), are disputing each other’s decisions. Ma’ruf Amin, radicalism and ‘#2019GantiPresiden’ Ma’ruf Amin political stance and religious strong background have been speculated to drive the upcoming electoral battle to different directions. His solo appearance earlier this week finally disclosed his true political objectives. 

RI-Australia CEPA breath of fresh air for bilateral relations

Indonesian and Australian authorities have agreed to move on from their former diplomatic row, where on Aug. 31 President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed two agreements to complete Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Agreement (IA-CEPA), an agreement which is expected to boost the Indonesia-Australia bilateral relationship and the Indonesian economy. 

External debt, current account deficit dampen rupiah

The Argentina-Turkey economic woes are just the trigger for the recent rupiah depreciation. The fundamental economic problems lie in Indonesia’s external debt positi