Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Joko’s keen to see at least two more parties to join his coalition

Joko Widodo is keen to see at least two more parties to join his coalition, expected to support his camp in the parliament.
Joko Widodo, the winner of July 9 election who would be sworn- in as the nation’s seventh president, has said that chances of United Development Party (PPP) and National Mandate Party (PAN ) to join his coalition of four party were imminent, adding that it may happen within this week. “There is no such a permanent coalition in politics. We have to talk about political reality,”Joko said over the weekend, adding that process towards the joining of those parties has reached 80 percent.
The possible joining of PAN and PPP in Joko’s camp was apparently seen in the presence of two of those parties’senior executives in the recent national congress of PDI-P held in Central Java’s capital city of Semarang.
PAN and PPP were currently part of coalition supporting defeated president candidate Prabowo Subianto. The two parties secured 49 and 39 seats, respectively, in the parliament, resulted from April 9 legislative election. “Since the beginning, we already conveyed that we are open. Developing our great nation cannot be conducted by merely four political parties,”Joko said, referring the existing political parties joining his coalition that consisted of Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), National Democrat (Nasdem), Nation Awakening Party (PKB) and People’s Conscience (Hanura) Party.
Altogether Joko Widodo’s coalition in the parliament occupies 207 seats from a total of 560 or less than 51 percent of legislators’votes to secure Joko’s programs to run his government.
Should PAN and PPP join the president-elect camp, government will affirmatively secure support from the parliament as it would have a total of 295 votes in the parliament. On the other hand, it would be a tragic loss for Prabowo’s camp as it would no longer dominate the parliament.
The ruling Democrat party, which initially support Prabowo’s camp has stated that it would be “the balancer” instead of abiding by policies set by Prabowo in the coalition. The party chaired by outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono secured 61 seats in the parliament.
Analysts estimated that there will be harsh politics carried out by the two camps ensued from the president election process. No signs of reconciliation have been shown between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto despite the calls from several parties to do so for the sake of the nation.


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“Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”
Greene soon after told the Alaska Dispatch News that KTVA was unaware of her role with the Cannabis Club or her plans to part ways with the network, and an NBC News-affiliate has since confirmed that state records show the organization is owned by Charlene Egbe — Greene’s legal name. KTVA apologized after the incident on Facebook “for the inappropriate language” and said Greene, who had been quite clear about quitting, has been terminated.
"If I offended anyone, I apologize,” Greene told ADN, “but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made.”
As footage of the incident began to circulate around the web, the Alaska Cannabis Club’s social media accounts soon directed followers to a video featuring the now-former news anchor further explaining her reasoning for resigning.
“Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition and stigma has stained America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. But we have a chance to start taking back the right,” Greene says in the clip.
“Advocating for freedom and fairness should be everyone’s duty. I’m making it my life work to uphold what America stands for truly: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — ideals that now need to be defended,” Greene continues. “But I can’t do this alone. I need you in the very least to start the conversation. Talk to a friend, a mother, a co-worker, brother, anyone. Just share your own ‘My Marijuana’ story. Show them that we smokers are responsible, contributing members to society.”
“Changing one heart and mind at a time is the only way to legalize marijuana and bask in lady liberty’s glory,” Greene says before formally offering her endorsement of Ballot Measure 2— a law up for vote on November 4 that, if successful, will allow adults in Alaska to possess, grow and sell weed without requiring a medical script as currently state rules specify.
"The proposed initiative will take marijuana sales out of the underground market and put them in legitimate, taxpaying businesses,” Tim Hinterberger, a sponsor of the bill and a developmental biology professor at the University of Alaska, previously told the Huffington Post. “Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and sensible regulation will bolster Alaska’s economy by creating jobs and generating revenue for the state."
If Alaskans vote ‘yes’ on Ballot 2 — an effort that Greene says is a “a vote for liberty, freedom and fairness” — then the state will become the third in the US after Colorado and Washington to allow adults to legally purchase and possess restricted amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes. Federally speaking, however, pot sale and cultivation remains illegal. RT news 

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