Politics, Law, Security

XBB Variant Enters Indonesia

The Ministry of Health reported that the case count of the Covid-19 sub-variant Omicron in Indonesia has increased to eight. “As of Thursday [Oct. 27], there were four cases: two from overseas travel and two from local [transmission]. However, yesterday, there were four additional cases. So, as of Sunday [Oct. 30], we have eight cases of XBB in Indonesia,” a spokesperson from the Ministry of Health Mohammad Syahril said in a broadcast message on Monday, Oct. 31. According to the ministry’s data, as of Sunday, the eight cases include five cases from Jakarta and one case from Lampung, Kalimantan, and Bali, respectively. (Kompas)

Ganjar Tops 2 New Polls

According to the reporting and analysis in this week’s issue of Reformasi Weekly Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo registered a slight but significant lead over Prabowo Subianto in a three-way candidate scenario depicted in a new poll from Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC). The survey took place nationwide, using face-to-face interviews among 1,027 respondents, from 3-9 October, with a 3.1 percent error margin. Ganjar registered support from 32 percent, while Gerindra Chair Prabowo Subianto garnered 27.5 percent and former Jakarta Gov Anies Baswedan received 26 percent. Those undecided or not answering accounted for the remaining 14.4 percent. The poll marks the first time that Ganjar has led a three-way scenario in an SMRC poll, with a lead that exceeds the poll’s margin of error. Previously, in polls conducted in August and May of this year, Ganjar had been in a statistical tie with Prabowo, as his lead was within the error margin. The SMRC poll also marks a new high for Baswedan. He marginally exceeded his previous high level of support, 25 percent, in September 2021.

Pranowo also to first place with 23 percent in a new Kompas poll that measured support for 25 potential presidential nominees. Gerindra Chair Prabowo Subianto and former Jakarta Gov Anies Baswedan tied for second at 17-18 percent each, while West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil strengthened appreciably in fourth with 9%. The poll also found that Ganjar would win head-to-head contests against either Prabowo or Baswedan, by margins of six percentage points.