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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 Par...