- The Sinovac vaccine has received the needed regulatory approvals, paving the way for the formal start of the vaccination program this week.
- The first vaccine supply will go to 2.6 million recipients.
President Joko Widodo today replaced six cabinet ministers, two of whom had been accused of corruption. Although maintaining party representation in the cabinet also often drives cabinet reshuffles, it did not seem to play as much a part in today’s changes.… Read the rest
- The recent high-profile arrests of two cabinet ministers for corruption delivers several near-term benefits.
- However, only time will tell if these developments reflect real institutional momentum or are more of a public relations effort.
- The arrest of fisheries minister Edhy Prabowo may weaken Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and endanger his 2024 aspirations.
- Both President Joko Widodo and Prabowo have an interest in keeping his Gerindra party in the coalition, but Prabowo could still leave in a fit of spite.
- The firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab could fill the political vacuum in the opposition.
- Often masking his messages in sanctimonious moralism, Shihab is adept at exploiting social and religious tensions to drive political polarization.
To head off protests planned for this week by the labor unions, the lower house of parliament (DPR) on Monday evening approved the omnibus bill on job creation; it will now go to President Joko Widodo for his signature.… Read the rest
The government’s careful approach to parliament’s draft changes to central bank (BI) law the past few weeks may be a signal that delicate negotiations lie ahead on two key reforms being considered by the government of President Joko Widodo.… Read the rest
Members of parliament and representatives of labor unions have agreed on the principles that should govern the drafting of reforms to the country’s labor law, which is arguably the most anticipated regulatory change in the administration’s omnibus bill on job creation.… Read the rest