The Jakarta Post
The House of Representatives (DPR) installed on Monday Ade Komarudin as the new House speaker, replacing Setya Novanto who stepped down on Dec.16 over an alleged ethics breach.
'We, House executives, congratulate the new House speaker. Hopefully, his inauguration will strengthen our institution,' House Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah said after Ade's inauguration on Monday afternoon. He was inaugurated during a House plenary meeting that marked the first plenary meeting in the House's new hearing session this year, at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Monday afternoon.
The House's consultative body (Bamus) chose Ade as House speaker to replace Setya in a meeting on Monday morning.
The meeting, which was led by House leaders, faction leaders and the House secretary-general, reportedly did not discuss a letter from the Golkar Party's splinter faction led by Agung Laksono that nominated Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmitas as House speaker.
'The letter was not discussed because the leadership meeting result included as a consideration a letter submitted by the Golkar Party with chairman Aburizal Bakrie and secretary-general Idrus Marham,' said the House's NasDem Party faction deputy chairman, Johnny G.Platte, as quoted by kompas.com after the Bamus meeting at the House complex on Monday.
Prior to his appointment as House speaker, Ade served as deputy chairman of the Golkar Party's central executive board (DPP), which was elected at the party's national meeting (Munas) in Bali in November 2014 and led by Aburizal.
Johnny said the House's decision to appoint Ade was in line with Article 87 (4) of the 2014 Legislative Institutions ( MD3 ) Law. The article stipulates that if a House speaker steps down, he or she shall be replaced by a successor from the same political party.
Johnny further explained that shortly after Setya resigned from his position over the alleged misuse of the names of President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla in an attempt to renegotiate Freeport Indonesia's mining contract extension, the Aburizal camp proposed Ade as his successor.
Johnny explained that when the Setya case occurred, the DPP Golkar formed at the Riau Munas in 2009, which was led by Aburizal, was still legally valid and Ade's nomination was therefore valid.
'No faction rejected [Ade]. We agreed that this process could continue, including considering formal and procedural principles on the need to fill House leader positions, so that the House's work could run well and meet public expectations,' said Johnny. (ebf)(+)