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Presidential term limits in spotlight, again

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 19, 2021   /  03:02 pm
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People’s Consultative Assembly members attend a plenary meeting on Aug. 14, 2020.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

For the second time in just over two years, the discourse on extending presidential term limits resurfaced recently after a claim by a staunch critic of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo that moves were being made to amend the 1945 Constitution, a claim that the President, along with several officials, has insisted is not true. Former People’s Consultative Assembly speaker Amien Rais, who late last year established the Islam-based Ummah Party, recently made a controversial remark alleging a plan was in place to revise the Constitution to allow presidents and vice presidents to be elected for a third term. In 2019 Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo, a Golkar Party politician, indicated that he would seek limited amendments to the Constitution to revive the Assembly’s authority to set the direction of national development strategy through the long-defunct policy fra...