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Jakarta Post

Hold fast to principle of constitutional state

  • Frans H. Winarta


Jakarta   /   Sat, June 15, 2019   /  10:54 am
Hold fast to principle of constitutional state An antiriot police vehicle launches tear gas at protesters during a clash in Central Jakarta on May 22. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The constitutional state of Indonesia certainly cannot be separated from the work of the founding fathers, who came from diverse backgrounds including law graduates, freedom fighters and wise thinkers. In the meetings to prepare independence in 1945 they agreed to a country founded under the rule of law and not based on mere power. The desired system of government was also a constitutional one, or a government based on a constitution rather than absolutism. The concept and thoughts of the founding fathers ultimately gave birth to the Indonesian state, which was then enshrined into the 1945 Constitution: the Indonesian state is a unitary state in the form of a republic and is a constitutional state. The Indonesian constitution is the highest legal basic norm and which must be obeyed and is the basic principle of the implementation of the Indonesian state, which is further determi...

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