In May 1998, six demands for reform resounded throughout the country; almost all were related to the legal system. The effort manifested in the amendment of the 1945 Constitution, which included abolishing the Armed Forces’ (ABRI) dual-function doctrine, reinstating the supremacy of law, respect for human rights, and eradicating corruption, collusion and nepotism (KKN).
Other aspirations were indirectly connected with the law but required legal means to realize, including regional autonomy, press freedom and democratization.
Now, 20 years later, most of the demands have materialized. First, the amendment of the 1945 Constitution has produced a new constitution, the contents of which are far more democratic than the original one.
The success in formulating the new constitution has allowed Indonesia to become a role model...
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