Jokowi for Vice President: Reasons and Possibilities

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  • A campaign group called the Joint Secretariat of Prabowo-Jokowi submitted a judicial review of Law No. 7/2017 on General Elections to the Constitutional Court on Sept 19. The Prabowo-Jokowi secretariat challenged Article 169 of the Election Law on the requirements for presidential and vice-presidential candidates. 
  • The 1945 Constitution does not explicitly stipulate whether a president can run for vice president or not after serving two terms. Article 7 of the 1945 Constitution states that the president and vice president serve for five years and can then be re-elected for only one term. This could mean that a president who has served two terms can run for vice president.
  • It is not yet known how the Court will address this constitutional problem. However, the Constitutional Court has also set a precedent by issuing an ambiguous verdict when deciding on the Job Creation Law, popularly known as the omnibus law, by putting it as "conditionally unconstitutional."

 

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