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Jakarta Post

Constitutional amendments to proceed, focusing on GBHN 

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 21, 2019   /  05:36 pm
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A view of the annual plenary meeting at the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) in Jakarta.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The talk on whether the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) needs to amend the 1945 Constitution is still going on, with the political parties appearing to soften their stances, saying a change of one aspect would be like opening Pandora's box as it could lead to changes of other aspects. MPR deputy speaker Ahmad Muzani of the opposition Gerindra Party said all factions had agreed to carry out "limited amendments" to the Constitution, focusing only on reinstating the long-defunct policy framework for long-term development plans (GBHN).  However, some parties have started to express concern, including Gerindra, which initially proposed a thorough amendment to bring the Constitution back to its original form. &q...