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House passes virus response Perppu amid graft concerns

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 13 2020   /  12:16 am
Enactment: House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani (right), accompanied by House deputies, receives a document from Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati during a plenary session at the House building in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. During the session, the House endorsed Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

Enactment: House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani (right), accompanied by House deputies, receives a document from Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati during a plenary session at the House building in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. During the session, the House endorsed Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)The House of Representatives has passed an executive order that will expand the government’s authority to allocate emergency coronavirus spending despite mounting public pressure to drop the regulation due to concerns of budget misappropriation and embezzlement.

Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the normal 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) limit and allocate extra spending to COVID-19 response while protecting officials from any legal charges as long a...