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Jakarta Post

Kalla’s third vice presidential bid now in hands of MK

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16 2018   /  01:02 am

The Constitutional Court (MK) has begun a hearing on judicial review cases that could pave the way for Vice President Jusuf Kalla to run for a third time in the upcoming 2019 election.

On Monday, the court looked into two petitions filed by two individuals and two little-known civil society groups to challenge the 2017 Election Law, which bans a president and vice president from seeking a third term.

The petitioners argued that two provisions in the law violated an article in the Constitution, which itself, in fact, prohibits a candidate from running for a third time.

“The disputed articles in the election law are vague and thus have caused hesitancy as well as legal uncertainty […] when it is compared to [the passage] in the Constitution,” Dewi Kemala Mirza Andalusia, a lawyer for the group of plaintiffs in the first judicial review case, told the court on Mon...