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House seals the deal: All political parties to get leadership seat in MPR

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18, 2019   /  05:39 pm
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A file photograph shows empty seats at the House of Representatives.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Following the tug of war among political parties which have been racing to secure speakership posts at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), lawmakers have agreed on a law amendment to enable all parties to get a seat and, therefore, control the legislative body. The government and the House of Representatives have decided to revise the Legislative Institutions (MD3) Law to make the number of leadership positions in the MPR, a bicameral legislative body consisting of the House and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), more flexible, to enable power-sharing among political parties. The political parties had earlier battled over control of the MPR following a maneuver from the Gerindra Party, the largest opposition party at the House, to join the government camp. The Indonesian Democratic Party...