Today, Jakarta was hit again by floods, brought on by heavy rainfall, that reached up to 50 centimeters at some locations and paralyzed part of Jakarta's traffic. Barely two weeks ago, Indonesia's capital city had experienced sustained floods that took the lives of more than 20 people and resulted in losses totaling US $3.3 billion. It might not be Jakarta's last day of floods as the rainy weather conditions are forecast to continue in February.
Update COVID-19 in Indonesia: 1,713,684 confirmed infections, 47,012 deaths (9 May 2021)
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The corruption scandal which led to the resignation last week of Luthfi Hasan Ishak, chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) - Indonesia's fourth-largest political party - is likely to make more victims in the party, and will put the Muslim-party in a negative light. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) stated that the corruption scandal might involve more people within the PKS, including the party’s new chairman, Anis Matta and Agriculture minister Suswono.
Indonesia is a country with great tourist potential. It has beautiful and varied landscapes, rich cultures, and vibrant cities. Foreign appreciation for Indonesia's tourism sector can be concluded from the continued rising number of foreign tourists in recent years. Today, Statistics Indonesia published the official figures for 2012. According to the institution, Indonesia was visited by 8.04 million foreign tourists in 2012. Moreover, this result meant that the government target was met.
Exports have always been an important asset to Indonesia's economy. Throughout history, Indonesia recorded a continuous series of trade surpluses. In 2012, however, the country recorded its first ever trade deficit as imports rose (partly due to increased demand of the Indonesian people), while exports declined due to global turmoil and uncertainty. A trade deficit is a new phenomenon to Indonesians and has caused some anxiety in the country.