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Govt's authority to scrap bylaws challenged

Jakarta Post - September 7, 2016

Jakarta – The Forum of Legal and Constitutional Studies (FKHK) has filed for a judicial review against the 2014 Regional Administration Law at the Constitutional Court in its bid to curtail the government's authority to revoke regional bylaws.

FKHK chairman Kurniawan said that the group wanted the court to annul Article 251 in the law, which he said contravened Article 24 A of the 1945 Constitution. He argued that the authority to review regional bylaws was in the hands of the Supreme Court, not the government.

"The revocation of regional bylaws by the government is unconstitutional," he said as quoted by Antara.

The Home Ministry has so far scrapped more than 3,100 problematic regional bylaws deemed as contradicting higher regulations, promoting intolerance or deterring investment. FKHK claimed that the government's move to cancel regional bylaws was often a result of political pressures and was therefore repressive.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/09/07/national-scene-govt-s-authority-scrap-bylaws-challenged.html