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Jakarta Post

Omnibus bill has authoritarian bent: Lawmakers, experts

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 17, 2020   /  08:39 pm
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Workers organized under the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) hold a rally against the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the House of Representatives building, in Senayan, Jakarta, on Feb. 12.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is planning to expand his power through the omnibus bill on job creation, as the bill would grant him the authority to create and revoke laws simply by issuing government regulations to resolve businesspeople’s complaints. Article 170 of the draft law, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates that the government can consult with House of Representatives leaders in devising such regulations.  The omnibus bill, submitted to the House for deliberation last week, would also give the president the authority to revoke provincial and regency/city-level bylaws as well as gubernatorial and regency/mayoral regulations that contradict government regulations by issuing presidential regulations. Lawmakers at the House and experts say such provisions, if approved, would weaken the House’s legislative function, as ...