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Jakarta Post

Bill 'to protect' Jokowi from impeachment

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 19 2020   /  12:20 am

Amid debate over articles in the omnibus bill on job creation that would grant sweeping powers to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, allowing him to override laws and bylaws, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has come to Jokowi's defense, saying that the authority is important as it would protect the President from potential impeachment."Who’s the one who can be impeached? The President. Can the President be impeached because of ministers’ mistakes? Can the President be impeached because of governors' mistakes? [...] This is the problem. So we give discretion to the President," Airlangga said during a meeting with media leaders, including The Jakarta Post's, on Tuesday.The bill, aimed at streamlining laws and regulations and bringing in more investment and creating jobs in the country, has come under fire, with the public questioning several articles in the draft law...