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Jakarta Post

MPR to consult public before making constitutional amendment

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 16, 2019   /  07:34 am
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People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) members attend a plenary meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) has promised to seek the public’s input as it looks to amend the 1945 Constitution, offering an assurance that any changes would not take effect immediately. MPR Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said the assembly would consult the public in the first and second years of the current term before going ahead with the amendment plan. In the third year, he said, the assembly would explore the plan again, and look to complete it should the public agree with the amendments. If the public is opposed, the Assembly will apparently scrap the plan. "We will have three years. The first two years will be a 'golden time' to collect the public’s opinions, which continue to evolve. Whether or not the plan will go ahead will depend on the political dynamics within next two or three years," he said. Bambang, a Golkar Party polit...