At a time when much of Indonesia’s media remains fixated on president Joko Widodo’s cabinet selection, a separate drama of much more immediate import to Jakarta’s poor has been quietly unfolding elsewhere in the capital. Last week a tripartite forum of trade union leaders, employers’ associations and bureaucrats from the Jakarta city administration gathered to negotiate a new provincial minimum wage for 2015. The talks proved to be a baptism of fire for the newly empowered, straight-talking governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama who angrily rejected workers’ demands for a 22.9% wage hike from Rp 2.4m ($197) to Rp 3m ($247) per month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says Indonesia’s army committed abuses when it was commanded by the former general newly appointed as defense minister but he was not personally implicated.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president has unveiled his Cabinet, a lineup heavy on members of the political party that supported him, but with technocrats in key economic roles.
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia court has sentenced two French television journalists to two and a half months in jail for illegal reporting in the easternmost province of Papua.
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