The MD3 Law revision is said to be politically motivated to accommodate PDI-P’s desire for chairman seats in the DPR and MPR, compensating it for more Golkar seats in the cabinet.
The president has given his vice president a bigger role in policy making as part of his efforts to consolidate forces ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
The success of PDI-P in persuading Taj Yasin, the son of KH Maimoen Zubair, to run with Ganjar Pranowo surprised Sudirman Said’s team.
The capital market is predicted to be under pressure as investors choose to wait and see, but history shows that stocks and bonds always move positively ahead of political events.
President Joko Widodo played a big role in pushing the Golkar and Democratic parties to support Khofifah in the East Java Gubernatorial Election next year.