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VP Jusuf Kalla: Elected governor should end dispute

VOI NEWS 11:00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 20.04.2017

Jakarta’s residents to have cast their voting rights to choose governor and deputy governor should end the dispute that arose during the campaign by respecting other competitors and working for the best interests of the people. This was affirmed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta on Wednesday. He emphasized that the elected governor and deputy governor have work hard to solve several problems, including flooding and severe traffic jams in the country’s capital city. Moreover, the elected have to improve the province’s economy, including by creating more jobs for the Jakarta’s residents in various fields.  The incumbent Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and Deputy Djarot Syaiful Hidayat were competing against former Education Minister, Anies Baswedan who pairs with businessman Sandiaga Uno during the second round of the gubernatorial election. The official result has yet to be announced, but several media outlets and pollsters, which conducted a quick count recently, have revealed that the Anies-Sandi pair received around 56 percent votes, followed by Basuki-Djarot with 44 percent.Ant

 

Minister Wiranto: Jakarta gubernatorial election took place peacefully

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister, Wiranto viewed that the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election took place peacefully. Thus, he calls on the public to maintain order and peace. Minister Wiranto expressed his appreciation to Jakarta residents for casting their votes in an orderly manner. He views that the public managed to maintain security in the capital. He also expressed his gratitude to institutions related to the election, such as the Jakarta General Elections Commission -KPU Jakarta and the Election Supervisory Committee -Panwaslu for doing a great work. The Minister also gave credit to the Indonesian Military –TNI and the National Police -Polri for maintaining security at polling stations.TI

 

Minister Susi asks for ocean radars from Japan

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti explained to the Japanese government that her Ministry needs ocean radars which are important for shipping safety at sea, and hopes it could give its used radars to be used in Indonesian seas. She told journalists during her working visit in Purwokerto on Wednesday a radar granted by the Japanese government had been installed in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, and it is very helpful in detecting sea objects. The government of Indonesian would no longer need to allocate budgets to procure the six radars if Japan agrees to give its used radars to Indonesia. Minister Susi further said she had invited Japanese businesspeople to invest in Indonesia, including on sophisticated radars to detect sea objects. She added that the sophisticated radars could prevent sea accidents, like the one that occurred in Raja Ampat, West Papua, during which a cruise ship, MV Caledonian Sky, was stranded in Raja Ampat waters and damaged corals in the area. JP

 

Indonesia woos Peru to sign trade agreement

Indonesia has planned to improve trade relations with Peru through a trade agreement that is currently being drafted. Trade Ministry’s Director General of International Trade Negotiations, Iman Pambagyo affirmed that Peru is one of the countries being approached by Indonesia. Peru is not the only Latin American country being approached by Indonesia. Currently, the government is in the process of negotiations with Chile in relation to TIGA. The negotiation was commenced back in 2014 and halted for about three years. Iman also pointed out that the Indonesia-Peru TIGA will be launched soon. Data from the Trade Ministry showed that Indonesia recorded a bilateral trade balance surplus of $99.79 million dollars with Peru in 2016. The total value of Indonesian products exported to Peru was $159.09 million dollars, while the total value of imports from Peru was $59.3 million dollars.TI

 

Govt to renovate thousands of uninhabitable houses in NTT

The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing plans on revitalizing a number of houses through a program called ‘Self-Help Housing Stimulant Program’ -BSPS to reduce the number of uninhabitable houses that are located in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara -NTT. The Ministry’s Director General of Housing Provisions, Syarif Burhanuddin expects that his Ministry will be able to renovate 110.000 houses that are deemed uninhabitable. He also explains that the government will be coordinating with village heads, district and provincial governments to optimize the program. The form of the assistance will depend on the people’s needs. TI

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