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(Apr 04, 2013) Indonesia's Constitutional Court ruled on March 28, 2013, that the Regional Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah, or DPD) would have additional lawmaking authority. According to the Chief Justice of the Court, Moh Mahfud, the DPD now has "the right to propose bills to be included in the national legislation program … , an authority that until now only resided with the House and the President." (MK Rules DPD Can Now Join Legislative Process, THE JAKARTA POST (Mar. 28, 2013).) Akil Mochtar, one of the other
The DPD was created in 2001 through a constitutional amendment and under that document restricted to considering legislation on certain matters. The topics that can be considered include regional autonomy and how the central and local governments interact, both politically and financially; the formation, expansion, and merger of regional administrative units; and management of natural and economic resources. (Basic Facts: Government, Embassy of the
The DPD's role had been merely to provide information to the national legislature. However, it sought judicial review of a 2009 law on the structure of all Indonesian legislative bodies, arguing that the DPD had not been given sufficient authority to promote the interests of the various regions of the country. The new
According to the website of the DPD, the decision finds that the provisions of the 2009 law on the DPD were inconsistent with the body's authority as intended in the Constitution. (Konsekuensi Putusan MK, Kinerja Anggota DPD RI, Wajib, Sewajib-wajibnya Harus Lebih [Consequences of the
Irman Gusman, the speaker of the DPD, welcomed the
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Last updated: 04/04/2013