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Jakarta Post

Court rules campaign leave for Jokowi not mandatory

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 16 2019   /  12:54 am

Experts have welcomed a Constitutional Court ruling that means incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not have to take leave for his reelection bid, which the opposition had claimed was a potential abuse of power. The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that a president or vice president is not required to take campaign leave during a presidential election contest, although they had the right to do so. The ruling was the result of a judicial review filed by students of Bekasi-based Assyafiiyah Islamic University, which had challenged the articles on campaign leave in the 2017 Election Law, including Article 281 that stipulated that a president or vice president, ministers and regional heads had to take leave during election campaigns.The students argued that a president should take full leave during his campaign as presidential duties were so onerous that he could not carr...