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Defying the party: Jokowi hints at different stance to PDI-P on Constitution amendment

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 15, 2019   /  07:18 pm
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Legislature employees take part in a rehearsal for the 2019 annual plenary meeting of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) at the parliament complex in Jakarta on Thursday.(Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

Amid efforts by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) to push a controversial plan to amend the 1945 Constitution, restoring the People’s Consultative Assembly's (MPR) position as the highest lawmaking institution in the country, party member President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has hinted that he objects to the idea. The MPR has been discussing “limited amendments” to the Constitution since 2014, one focus of which was to reinstate the now-defunct policy framework for long-term development plans (GBHN). The PDI-P has also spearheaded the revision, including it in its recent congress recommendation along with a majority of political parties at the House of Representatives. The amendment would grant the MPR a greater mandate that it currently has to draft the GBHN for the President to follow the development plan and sanction the latter...