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Political parties want to control President through People's Consultative Assembly

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, September 1, 2019   /  12:34 pm
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The iconic building in the People's Consultative Assembly in Senayan, Jakarta.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

As the latest term of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) comes to an end, its members are mulling over another constitutional amendment, although they are still undecided on the aspects of the Constitution that need to be changed. While almost all factions have voiced support for a "limited amendment” of the Constitution, which would focus only on reinstating the long-defunct policy framework for long-term development plans (GBHN), the discussion has expanded into the possibility of strengthening the authority of the Assembly itself. A deputy chairman of the Assembly's assessment body, Hendrawan Supratikno, said the ongoing discussion was in line with the recommendations the Assembly made in the 2009 to 2014 period, which included the need to rearrange several aspects of the constitutional system. “...