Prepping Steps for Presidential Term Extension
12 September 2022 09:11 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The talks of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s third term have ignited again. In the midst of rising fuel prices, volunteer groups voiced support for Jokowi to serve a third term in office. They claim the call a public aspiration. Other groups and the House of Representatives (DPR) considered it an excessive move and violated the constitution. The idea, however, kept buzzing as it is deemed profitable for Jokowi.
This report was supported by the Association for the Development of Nusantara Media (PPMN) in tandem with the Asia-Pacific Regional Support for Elections and Political Transitions (RESPECT) and was part of the collaboration program with Jaring (Indonesia), Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), dan Lafaek News (Timor Leste).
Jokowi's Blessing for Supporters
Support for Jokowi’s third term came out at a people’s conference in Bandung at the end of last August. Supporters wished the presidential term in office to be extended albeit limited to two terms by the constitution.
Talks of Jokowi’s third term had been long forgotten. Yet it has ignited again recently. A number of Jokowi's supporters voiced their support for the presidential term extension although the constitution limits it to a maximum of two terms.
The support was declared in the first People’s Conference or Musra initiated by a supporter group for Jokowi, Projo, in Arcamanik Sports Hall, Bandung, West Java, on August 28, 2022. “We recognize people’s aspirations supporting Jokowi’s third term,” said the chairperson of Projo, Budi Arie Setiadi, on Thursday.