Indonesian presidential candidate Jusuf Kalla, accompanied by his wife Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, speaks to his supporters during a rally in Malang, East Java province July 4, 2009.
INDONESIA ELECTION EYE – Goldman flags post-vote risks
AKARTA (Reuters) – The following is a snapshot of recent developments in Indonesia’s presidential election campaign ahead of voting on July 8.
Three presidential-vice presidential teams are running: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his deputy, former central bank governor Boediono; former President Megawati Sukarnoputri and her deputy, Prabowo Subianto; and Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his deputy, Wiranto.
The source of each report is in brackets.
GOLDMAN REVISES UP GROWTH FORECASTS, HIGHLIGHTS POLL RISKS
* Goldman Sachs has revised up its 2009 Indonesian economic growth forecast to 4.2 percent from 3.5 previously, while lifting its 2010 growth forecast to 5.2 percent from 4.5 percent helped by resilient domestic demand and stimulus measures. Goldman highlighted four issues to monitor after the July 8 vote, including the formation of a credible cabinet, any leadership change in the Golkar Party, the nomination of a new governor of the central bank and the implementation of fiscal stimulus. Further ahead, it said longer-term challenges included institutional reforms, infrastructure plans, protecting the credibility of monetary policy and consolidiation of the fiscal position.
(Goldman Sachs: Asia Economics Flash)
KALLA AND MEGAWATI URGE POLL BODY TO REVISE LISTS
* Kalla and Megawati have called on the General Election Commission (KPU) to fix what they said were huge irregularities in the electoral roll and allow citizens to use identity cards to vote. The candidates stopped short of calling for the election to be delayed, but in a joint statement said they could call for a delay if the KPU rejected their allegations that millions had been left off the final list while tens of millions of duplicate names remained. The candidates said they would meet KPU officials on Monday. (Jakarta Post, Bisnis Indonesia, Kompas, Jakarta Globe, Republika, Media Indonesia)
ELECTION WATCHDOG WARNS PUBLIC OVER CAMPAIGN VIOLATIONS
* The public should monitor possible campaign violations during the three-day calm period, including displaying campaign banners or handing out cash to voters, said Wirdyaningsih, a member of the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu). (Jakarta Post, Bisnis Indonesia)
PDI-P SECRETARY GENERAL SAYS READY TO LEAD THE PARTY
* Pramono Anung, secretary general of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said he would be interested in taking the leadership of the party if Megawati stepped down from her post after the election. (Jakarta Globe)
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