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Constitutional Court’s Reconfirmation

The decision of the Constitutional Court has rendered irrelevant talk of extending the presidential term. It is time to focus on preparing for the 2024 general election.

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Constitutional Court Building on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, Saturday (29/8/2020).

Constitutional Court Building on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, Saturday (29/8/2020).

In its decision on Tuesday (31/1/2023), the Constitutional Court emphasized that both the president and vice president are subjected to a two-term limit, whether those terms are served consecutively or not. The court’s decision reaffirms the provisions of Article 7 of the amended 1945 Constitution, which states that the a president and a vice president hold office for five years and can be reelected to the same position for only one additional term. The article also states that there is no reason to postpone the 2024 elections because the term of office for the president and vice president is five years each.

Previously, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri also said during her party’s 50th anniversary on 10 Jan., “Well, if it has already been two [terms], then yes, sorry, it is only two terms.” (Kompas, 10/1/2023).

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