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Oct 18, 2014

Indonesia’s Widodo to name ex-Astra chief state enterprises minister

JAKARTA, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Indonesian President-elect Joko
Widodo is expected to appoint former Astra International chief
Rini Soemarno as minister for state-owned enterprises
(SOE), two advisers said on Saturday.

Widodo will be sworn in as Indonesia’s seventh president on
Monday and is expected to announce his cabinet the next day.

Oct 16, 2014

U.S. seeks more from China, Asian Muslim nations, on Islamic State

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will seek greater cooperation from China and Southeast Asia’s main Muslim states, Indonesia and Malaysia, in the campaign against Islamic State and staunching the flow of foreign fighters to the militant group, U.S. and Asian officials said.

China’s most senior diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, is expected in Kerry’s home city of Boston on Friday and Saturday, a Chinese diplomat said. Kerry is then due in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, for Monday’s inauguration of newly-elected president Joko Widodo.

Oct 8, 2014

Indonesian lawmakers to probe alleged graft under Widodo’s watch

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian opposition lawmakers plan to investigate alleged wrongdoing when President-elect Joko Widodo was governor of the capital, Jakarta, and mayor of the city of Solo, a senior opposition member said.

Widodo narrowly won a July election with promises to voters jaded by generations of graft that he would bring effective and clean government.

Aug 26, 2014

Indonesia president-elect to announce cabinet in early October

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Joko Widodo will announce his cabinet team in early October, according to a senior adviser to the president-elect, as he steps up preparations to become the next leader of the world’s third largest democracy.

All eyes are on Widodo’s choices to head the main economic ministries, who will inherit problems in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy ranging from a widening current account deficit and cooling investment to the slowest growth since 2009.

Aug 25, 2014

Insight: Behind Indonesia mining deal, newly minted minister and U.S. mining legend

JAKARTA (Reuters) – As negotiations to resolve an increasingly bitter dispute over Indonesian mining rules teetered on the brink of collapse, the chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Inc James “Jim Bob” Moffett flew to Jakarta for last-ditch talks.

Indonesia’s chief economics minister, Chairul Tanjung, said he had got to a point where he felt only talking directly to the 76-year-old U.S. mining legend might break a deadlock in the six-month row, which had already cost Southeast Asia’s top economy more than $1 billion and put thousands of jobs at risk.

Aug 24, 2014

Behind Indonesia mining deal, newly minted minister and U.S. mining legend

JAKARTA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – As negotiations to resolve an
increasingly bitter dispute over Indonesian mining rules
teetered on the brink of collapse, the chairman of
Freeport-McMoRan Inc James “Jim Bob” Moffett flew to
Jakarta for last-ditch talks.

Indonesia’s chief economics minister, Chairul Tanjung, said
he had got to a point where he felt only talking directly to the
76-year-old U.S. mining legend might break a deadlock in the
six-month row, which had already cost Southeast Asia’s top
economy more than $1 billion and put thousands of jobs at risk.

Aug 22, 2014

Green light for president-elect Widodo boosts Indonesian markets

JAKARTA, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Indonesian stocks opened near a
record high and the rupiah strenghtened on Friday, a day after
the country’s highest court gave Joko Widodo the green light to
lead Southeast Asia’s largest economy from its worst slowdown
since the global financial crisis.

The Constitutional Court, as expected, unanimously upheld
last month’s presidential election result, rejecting a
last-ditch attempt by losing candidate Prabowo Subianto to force
a re-vote. Widodo will begin his five-year term on Oct. 20.

Jul 25, 2014

Indonesian leaders in talks on raising fuel prices before Oct-sources

JAKARTA, July 25 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s outgoing president
is in talks with his successor to increase heavily subsidised
fuel prices before the new leader takes power, two sources close
to the matter told Reuters.

Subsidies are seen by many as the most urgent issue facing
Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

Jul 25, 2014

Indonesia’s constitutional court ready to take on election result challenge

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s top court is prepared to hear a case challenging the result of this month’s presidential election, well aware that its reputation is on the line after its top judge was jailed for corruption, his successor said.

The losing presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto, has alleged mass cheating in the closely fought July 9 election and has said he will challenge the result in the Constitutional Court. A member of his team said the complaint would be lodged later on Friday.

Jul 22, 2014

Insight – Battered by election, Indonesia’s new president faces party clash

JAKARTA (Reuters) – After winning Indonesia’s closest ever presidential election, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo now faces what could be his toughest battle yet – winning over his own party.

To do that, he must deal with Puan Maharani, the politically ambitious daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and a powerful figure in the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) that her mother heads and which propelled Jokowi into the presidential palace.