Constitutional Coup, Igniting the Flame of Revolution

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Anthony Budiawan
Anthony Budiawan, managing director of PEPS (Political Economy and Policy Studies)

Jakarta, IO – Remarkable. After only two terms in power, he is already contemplating ways to extend his tenure. Various excuses have surfaced, ranging from postponing the election to extending his term of office. These are manifestly illegal and unconstitutional. What we see in the making is a “Constitutional Coup”. 

Alas, all kinds of schemes are being devised to satiate the power lust to roost longer behind the presidential desk. 

First, Lab45 and survey institutions were employed to build an opinion that the majority of Indonesian people still expect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to be their President. Hence, the conclusion is that the election needs to be postponed. They reason that Lab45’s big data engine embodies the wish of the people. Meanwhile, survey institutions released polls showing that public satisfaction with Jokowi reaches 70 percent or higher. Some even claim 73.9 percent. 

Read: Ulterior Motive: Postpone to hang on to power

Secondly, propaganda was blatantly spread by Investment Minister Bahlil and three political parties General Chairmen: Muhaimin Iskandar (the National Awakening Party or PKB), Zulkifli Hasan (the National Mandate Party or PAN) and Airlangga Hartarto (the Party of the Functional Groups or Golkar). They unanimously proposed an election delay for some one, two or three years. 

Surprisingly, the public did not buy this, and revealed their rejection: they stood against a Government scheming to violate the Constitution. Fierce resistance rained on these controversial issues. Some even threatened a revolt to defend the Constitution.