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Jakarta Post

Omnibus law and erosion of checks and balances

  • Bagus Aditya


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Force to be reckoned with: Police officers use their shields to form a riot line during a protest organized by the Tangerang Workers Alliance on Jl. Daan Mogot in Tangerang, Banten, on Oct. 7. Protests have flared up nationwide after the House of Representatives passed the Job Creation Law on Oct. 5. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan )

Adopting a presidential system of government based on a written constitution, Indonesia has three key branches of power: the legislature, executive and judiciary. The first is held by the House of Representatives, and to some extent the Regional Representative Council (DPD), the executive institution is centralized under the president and the judiciary branch consists of the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court. The legislature oversees the direction of the government, budget formulation and implementation, and, along with the executive, drafts laws. The executive makes laws with the legislature and administers such laws and programs. The judiciary decides specific cases of law implementation and reviews laws. These branches work together to run the country properly. What might be the necessary and permissible relationships of each of these bodies to the policymaking in Indo...