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Presidential system and unnecessary constitutional amendment

  • Edbert Gani

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Jakarta   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /  12:32 pm
Presidential system and unnecessary constitutional amendment The Constitutional Court building in Jakarta (kompas.com/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signaled his objection to a plan to amend the 1945 Constitution. Like many others, he is afraid the constitutional amendment would restore the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) as the highest state institution and therefore pave the way for a return to the indirect election of the president by the MPR. He also thinks reinstatement of the State Policy Guidelines (GBHN), another item on the agenda of the amendment, is inadequate for rapid economic transformation. Likewise, many have criticized the amendment plan, which is supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party, saying they see no urgency for it. The constitutional amendment, if realized, amounts to a setback that will undermine the democratization that Indonesia has been working toward for 20 years. There are at least four politic...

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