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SBY caves in, pledges to issue law annulling indirect elections

After drawing a wave of ire for failing to defend democracy by allowing the passage of a law that scraps direct elections for local leaders, outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono…

MPR sticks to old rules amid concerns

A People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) plenary meeting on Monday maintained an internal regulation that makes it difficult to remove a serving president, as well as amend the 1945 Constitution.

Aburizal could be forced to settle Lapindo mudflow

The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed into law a bill that allows president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to force chairman of the Bakrie Group, Aburizal Bakrie, to fulfill his…

Malang cake-seller walking all the way to Jokowi

A street vendor has set out on foot on a journey of hundreds of kilometers to fulfill his nazar (promise) of meeting president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in Jakarta.

SBY weighs options to nix law

In what could be seen as a last ditch attempt to salvage what’s left of his tattered credibility as a champion of democracy, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono spoke late Sunday…

New budget promises fiscal room for incoming government

The Finance Ministry has prepared contingency measures in the newly approved 2015 state budget to anticipate future shocks, including one that may emerge from the planned increase of the US…

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