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Jakarta Post

Power struggle made simple: More MPR speaker posts planned to please all parties

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 31, 2019   /  03:10 pm
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Red carpet is rolled out at the lobby of Gedung Nusantara III, which houses the offices of the legislative leaders at the House of Representatives in Senayan, Central Jakarta.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Lawmakers look set to go ahead with a plan to revise the Legislative Institutions Law, which regulates the number of leadership posts in the legislative bodies, amid criticism regarding the matter’s urgency. Critics say the revision of the law, known as the MD3 Law, is simply aimed at power-sharing among the political parties. Through their cadres at the House of Representatives (DPR), the political parties intend to increase the number of leadership seats at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) from five to 10. The increase reflects the desire of the politicians to give MPR speaker posts to all nine political parties that secured legislative seats at the House for the 2019-2024 term. Yet, the politicians argued the higher number of leadership seats would strengthen the MPR. A draft for the planned revision now lies at the House’s Legislation Body (...