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Jakarta Post

Constitutional amendments move up MPR agenda

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  10:04 am
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The plenary meeting of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

All political factions in the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) threw their support behind Golkar Party politician Bambang Soesatyo as speaker for the 20192024 term on Thursday. His election, analysts say, could pave the way for constitutional amendments that could lead to a change in the nation's political system.
Bambang, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, has signaled that he would pursue limited amendments to the 1945 Constitution to reinstate the State Policy Guidelines (GBHN), which were scrapped in 2002 as a result of a previous constitutional amendment. "A comprehensive review should be made of the State Policy Guidelines, including establishing a political consensus that will allow them to be enacted in an MPR decree," he said after his election as speaker. The limited amendments are an agenda backed by the ruli...