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Citizens challenge law to dismiss Dems

9 August 2011

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Citizens challenge law to dismiss Dems

JAKARTA: Film actor Pong Harjatmo filed a judicial review with the Constitutional Court on Wednesday, asking the court to annul an article in the 2011 Constitutional Court Law stipulating that only the government has the power to disband political parties.

“After the parties [are elected] and gain power, citizens lose the right to control them,” Pong, who was accompanied by cultural observer and historian Ridwan Saidi, told journalists at the court.

“What if the government comes from a troubled political party? Then it will be very unlikely for the government to disband its own party. Just look at the troubled Democratic Party now,” he added.

Ridwan said he would immediately propose the disbandment of the Democratic Party should the court rule favorably.

“Given the massive scandals implicating many Democratic Party members, the existence of the party can be considered “˜dangerous’ for this nation,” he said.

 

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Via The Jakarta Post

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