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Jakarta Post

New House shows little sign of improvement, analysts say

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 8, 2019   /  08:24 am
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House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani (center) holds the gavel accompanied by her deputy speakers Azis Syamsuddin, Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, Rachmat Gobel and Muhaimin Iskandar after they were inaugurated as House speaker and deputy speakers on Oct. 1. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Despite an end to the intense protests against the House of Representatives spearheaded by university students over the past week, there does not appear to be much public enthusiasm for the newly elected lawmakers or a great deal of faith in their ability to represent the national interest for the next five years. The 575 lawmakers were inaugurated amid high tensions outside the House’ compound in Senayan, Central Jakarta, last Wednesday as students and members of various organizations took to the streets in protest at contentious bills and the controversial passing of a revised Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law. The lawmakers from nine political parties secured their seats after passing the legislative threshold during the 2019 legislative elections held concurrently for the first time with the presidential election in April. According to data from the General E...