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Jakarta Post

Golkar chairmanship race may determine fate of Constitution amendment

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /  02:15 pm
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People's Representatives Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo (left) shakes hands with incumbent Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto. Both will compete in the upcoming race for the party's top post.( ANTARA / Nova Wahyudi)

The chairmanship race of Golkar, the country’s third-largest party, in which People’s Representatives Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo is running as a candidate, may push forward the controversial Constitution amendment plan that seeks greater power of legislative bodies over elections and the executive branch of the government. Bambang, who won the MPR speaker race after pledging to support the amendment plan which was initiated by ruling party Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said he had already compiled six amendment options, with the most recent one being to bring the Constitution back to its original form in 1945. "That was the latest option I received from the public. There are some other plans too, namely limited amendments, a complete change to the Constitution, or not to change it at all." The original version of the Con...