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Jokowi's Brother-in-Law Removed as Constitutional Court Chief Justice​


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FILE - Constitutional Court Chief Justice Anwar Usman leads a hearing in Jakarta, June 27, 2019. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)


Yustinus Paat
November 7, 2023 | 7:53 pm


Jakarta. The Honor Council of the Constitutional Court made the decision Tuesday to remove Chief Justice Anwar Usman, who is also the brother-in-law of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, from his position. This decision follows a controversial ruling regarding the age limit for presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

The ruling amended the minimum age of 40 years, opening the door to Jokowi’s 36-year-old son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, to run as vice-presidential candidate in the upcoming February election.

However, the council's decision did not impact the ruling, and Gibran remains a valid candidate.

Anwar was found guilty of a "serious breach of ethics and good conduct as a Constitutional Court judge" and "violating the principles of impartiality, integrity, competence, equality, independence, and decorum" of the court, according to Honor Council Chairman Jimly Asshiddiqie, who announced the verdict in Jakarta.

Additionally, the council has instructed the court to appoint a new chief justice within the next two days.

Jimly added, "The accused judge is disqualified from nominating himself for the chief justice position until his term as a judge expires."

Furthermore, Anwar is prohibited from handling disputes related to legislative and presidential elections when a potential conflict of interest exists.

In the verdict, Jimly revealed that Anwar had permitted "external parties' interference" during the decision-making process related to the controversial ruling.

On October 16, the Constitutional Court's nine justices voted 5 to 4 in favor of amending the age limit for presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2017 law on general elections.

The revised version of the relevant article now stipulates that a presidential or vice-presidential candidate "must be at least 40 years old or must have served or be serving in a public position through general elections, including regional government leader elections."

Following the amendment, Gibran, who is the elected mayor of Solo, became eligible to run in the election. Subsequently, he was selected as the running mate for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.


The Honor Council also reprimanded six other justices for ethical violations. They are Enny Nurbaningsih, Manahan MP Sitompul, Suhartoyo, Daniel Yusmic, Guntur Hamzah, and Wahiduddin Adams.


However, Jimly clarified that the council does not have the authority to overturn the ruling. Its role is primarily limited to addressing ethical matters and suspected misconduct by judges.

 
For information, he married Jokowi sister after he has already served as Chief Constitutional Court. So when he was elected, that was not based on nepotism process.
 
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For information, he married Jokowi sister after he has already served as Chief Constitutional Court. So when he was elected, that was not based on nepotism process.
A judge usually recuses himself/herself from hearing such cases due to a conflict of interest and to maintain the integrity of the decision-making process. By the looks of it, this Judge made a serious error which ended up in a bad look. Maybe he was impartial, but he should have a better sense when it comes to making such judgements.
For example, this judge recused himself because his brother was an active member of the Indian National Congress.
 
A judge usually recuses himself/herself from hearing such cases due to a conflict of interest and to maintain the integrity of the decision-making process. By the looks of it, this Judge made a serious error which ended up in a bad look. Maybe he was impartial, but he should have a better sense when it comes to making such judgements.
For example, this judge recused himself because his brother was an active member of the Indian National Congress.

It was a good decision by the council.

Like you said the judge should have recused himself.
 
A judge usually recuses himself/herself from hearing such cases due to a conflict of interest and to maintain the integrity of the decision-making process. By the looks of it, this Judge made a serious error which ended up in a bad look. Maybe he was impartial, but he should have a better sense when it comes to making such judgements.
For example, this judge recused himself because his brother was an active member of the Indian National Congress.

This is why he is being kicked out now...Does India Supreme Court has ethic Council that can control your Supreme Court behavior and punish any abuse of power ? Based on record the punishment on Supreme Court Judges happening in Indonesia is the first thing happening in the World.

He decided something that will affect next election.....

For Ganjar Pranowo supporter, I see this maneuver as God hand..........

Making Gibran as Prabowo VP based on recent survey will likely weaken Prabowo popularity

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The ethic Council Chairman is Jimly As siddiq

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This is why he is being kicked out now...Does India Supreme Court has ethic Council that can control your Supreme Court behavior and punish any abuse of power ? Based on record the punishment on Supreme Court Judges happening in Indonesia is the first thing happening in the World.

He decided something that will affect next election.....

For Ganjar Pranowo supporter, I see this maneuver as God hand..........

Making Gibran as Prabowo VP based on recent survey will likely weaken Prabowo popularity

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Supreme Court usually have people who are of the highest judicial acumen. It's unlikely judges make such elemental mistakes. But hey, we are all humans after all.
 
Supreme Court usually have people who are of the highest judicial acumen. It's unlikely judges make such elemental mistakes. But hey, we are all humans after all.

Basically the law is not a mistake, I mean we can see Macron become President in his 36 years old and so far his leadership is pretty good for France

The mistake is just on the timing and the fasten of the process that look to meet the election registration death line for 2024 Presidential election where Gibran has already been rumored to be Prabowo VP

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