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Ex-Golkar lawmaker to lead Constitutional Court

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4 2013   /  09:20 am

JP/Wendra Ajistyatama Newly elected Constitutional Court (MK) chief justice Akil Mochtar is expected to maintain the court’s independence in a less outspoken way than his predecessor, Mahfud MD.

Akil was elected by his peers to lead the court a day after a House of Representatives’ plenary session extended his appointment as justice.

The former Golkar Party politician will become the third person to chair the Constitutional Court, which was established in 2003 following an amendment to the 1945 Constitution.

Seven of nine justices on the court voted for Akil on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, with his strongest rival in the race, Harjono, receiving only two votes.

In a speech before voting began, Akil said that the Constitutional Court and the chief justice shared the same strategic role in upholding the Constitution.

“Yet, a chief jus...