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Jakarta Post

Parties at odds over legal revision to increase number of MPR leadership posts

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24, 2019   /  01:54 pm
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Lawmakers attend the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) annual meeting at Gedung Nusantara in Jakarta on Aug. 16, 2016.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Several political parties have called for a revision of the 2014 Legislative Institutions (MD3) Law to increase the number of leadership positions in the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), arguing it would strengthen the legislative body. The call for a revision comes only one year after the last amendment. Since its issuance in 2014, the law has been revised three times, mostly to accommodate power sharing among political parties. In July 2014, after the 2014 election saw the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) emerge as the winner, the House of Representatives (DPR) revised the law to pave the way for opposition parties to hold speakership posts. As a result, no members of the ruling coalition were granted House leadership positions.
The next revision was made in December 2014 to allow parties in the ruling coalition to hold Hous...