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Parties at loggerheads over govt authority in job creation bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto (center) talks with reporters after submitting presidential letter and omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.(JP/Adrian Wail Akhlas)

The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is at loggerheads with its political partner in the government coalition, the Golkar Party, following concerns that the omnibus bill on job creation will further expand the powers of the presidency. In a hearing on the bill at the House of Representatives’ Legislative Body (Baleg) on Tuesday, PDI-P lawmakers questioned why several articles in the bill transferred authority from “ministries and local administrations” to “the government.” PDI-P lawmaker Arteria Dahlan, for instance took issue with the shift of regional administrations’ authority regarding spatial planning to the central government, citing Law No. 23/2014 on regional administration, which stipulates that the central administration has authority only in matters of foreign policy, defense and security, justice, fiscal and mone...