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Jokowi bows to pressure over Criminal Code bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya, Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 21 2019   /  12:06 am

Bowing to public pressure rejecting the controversial revisions of the Criminal Code, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday called on the House of Representatives to put the bill's deliberation on hold, citing public concerns over some of its problematic articles.The House initially rushed the deliberation and planned to pass the bill into law before its term ended this month. Following the President’s call, however, the lawmakers seem to be acceding to his demand.Jokowi’s decision was likely driven by massive criticisms and protests from numerous scholars and civil society organizations as well as from students, who staged rallies in front of the House on Thursday and Friday.Jokowi said he had continuously looked into and listened to the concerns of the public who had expressed their objections to some articles in the bill and that he agreed the proposed revisions needed to b...