Indonesia Parliament won’t Allow Power Vacuum Over Election Ruling – Deputy Speaker

A general view of Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivering his State of the Nation Address ahead of the country’s Independence Day at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 16, 2022. Bagus Indahono/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

JAKARTA, March 14 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s parliament will ensure there is no vacuum of power in the country despite a controversial court ruling to delay the 2024 presidential and general elections, its deputy speaker said on Tuesday.

The surprise March 2 decision by a Jakarta district court, which law experts say it had no authority to make, has added fuel to a lingering debate on whether President Joko Widodo should be allowed to stay in power longer, despite him next year reaching the two-term limit set by the constitution.

Deputy house speaker Lodewijk F. Paulus on Tuesday told parliament the constitution makes clear that elections must be held every five years.

“The Indonesian parliament will give extra attention to the resolution of these legal issues, so that there will not be a vacuum of executive or legislative powers,” he said.

He did not elaborate on steps parliament could take.

The election commission appealed the ruling last week and has said it would proceed with poll preparations as normal, despite the court ordering those be stopped for more than two years.

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