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Amendment disagreement: Jokowi says no, MPR divided

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana, Ghina Ghaliya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  07:37 pm
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Legislators gather for the plenary meeting of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) in Jakarta in October.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has expressed his disapproval of the People's Consultative Assembly’s (MPR) plan to amend the constitution, saying the nation should focus on the challenges that lie ahead and not on making political noise. Despite the President’s opposition, several political parties in his coalition are continuing to press the issue. On Wednesday, Assembly leaders continued their road show to “absorb” public opinion on the proposed amendment. They visited the headquarters of the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI), where the ulemas expressed their support for a limited constitutional amendment. The MUI said Assembly leaders should first thoroughly assess whether an amendment was necessary. “If the MPR goes ahead with the constitutional amendment, however, the MUI will understand as long as the amendment focuses only on r...