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Jakarta Post

Why returning GBHN means rolling back democracy in Indonesia

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 16, 2019   /  09:56 am
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A plenary meeting of the People’s Consultative Assembly on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

An amendment of the Constitution is on the horizon after all political parties in the legislature have agreed to work on its deliberation in the next five years. Despite lawmakers' vow to limit the revision only to reviving the State Policy Guidelines (GBHN), there is no guarantee that they would keep the promise and not restore the New Order's system of indirect presidential elections by the People’s Consultative Assembly, making it a super body that will be more powerful than the president.    Experts have said there are indications that the amendment process will eventually move toward abolishing the current direct presidential elections, which came into effect in 2004 after the fourth set of constitutional amendments. A politician of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) that spearheaded the amendment agenda, Hendrawan S...