Tenggara Backgrounder April 26

Parties make maneuvers postelection

Several quick counts released after the April 17 general elections predict some parties would receive votes as predicted, with some exceeding expectations. With the winners and losers now having been identified, the possibilities of parties switching sides after the elections remains high.

Election legitimacy hinges on integrity of KPU

The General Elections Commission (KPU) came under fire after a series of mishaps in the way it organized the April 17 elections. But the problems mostly had to do with logistics and did not affect the overall election procedures. Accusations of “structured, systematic and massive” fraud by Prabowo Subianto, the challenger in the two-horse presidential race, look more like an exit strategy on his part before the KPU announces the final results on May 22.

The conglomeration of state-owned enterprises

Just a few days before the presidential and legislative elections, the government announced its plan to form a super holding company to oversee the operations of all-state owned enterprises in the country.

Garuda accused of misleading income statement

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia came under the spotlight again after two of airline’s commissioners publicly questioned its 2018 financial report, in which the company booked a meager profit of US$5 million, as opposed to a big loss of $213 million.