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Jokowi respects Constitutional Court’s verdict

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 10, 2017   /   12:38 pm
Jokowi respects Constitutional Court’s verdict President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. (President Joko Widodo's YouTube/File)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said he accepts the verdict made by the Constitutional Court that prohibited the Home Minister from revoking regional bylaws.

He said the revocation of the regional bylaws that had taken place since 2015 was to help smooth the process of investment.

"We actually want to simplify the process in obtaining investment permits both in central government and regional government. However, we respect the Constitutional Court's decision," Jokowi said on Saturday during his official visit to Central Java as reported by tempo.co.

The Constitutional Court annulled four provisions in Article 251, Paragraphs 2, 3, 4 and 8 of the 2014 Regional Government Law that principally allowed the central government to scrap problematic regional byways.

Jokowi said his administration, however, would continue its deregulation policy to simplify and speed up the process in obtaining investment licenses to boost the country's economic growth.

"We have to uphold the law, but this is my responsibility to finish [the deregulation process] both in central government and in the regions," he added.

(Read also: Court’s decision on local bylaws may hinder investment: Darmin)

The Home Affairs Minister had scrapped 3,143 bylaws throughout 2015 and 2016 without facing the challenge of judicial reviews. The bylaw revocation is part of the Jokowi administration’s efforts to improve the country's business climate. (yon/bbn)