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Jakarta Post

Restructuring President's support system

  • D. Nicky Fahrizal


Jakarta   /   Tue, April 28, 2020   /  09:07 am
Restructuring President's support system President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (fourth left) introduces his new presidential expert staff at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Nov. 21, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Power implicitly resides in the President as both the head of state and the head of government, according the 1945 Constitution. However, his powers are now expanding and this consequently opens many doors to the President. This situation and the apparently ineffective leadership recently garnered more scrutiny after one of the millennials on the Presidential Special Staff wrote and sent a letter dated April 1 using the letterhead of the Cabinet Secretariat.

The letter, numbered 003/S-SKP-ATGP/IV/2020, is addressed to district and village administrations throughout the country and asks them to support a company’s COVID-19 countermeasure program. Further problems arose when it emerged that the special staffer who issued the letter reportedly heads the company in question.

These events were notable in that they showed ineffective leadership of the ever-e...

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