Indonesian Political Laws in Habibie Era: Between Political Struggle and Law Reform

Indonesian Political Laws in Habibie Era: Between Political Struggle and Law Reform Nordic Journal of International Law 72: 483–518, 2003. © 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. 483 Indonesian Political Laws in Habibie Era: Between Political Struggle and Law Reform NADIRSYAH HOSEN ¤ State University of Islamic Studies (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, Indonesia Abstract. Following the resignation of President Soeharto in May 1998, political and civic leaders, along with governmental ofŽ cials, began the process of developinga new political sys- tem. The most important step was to create a new legal framework for early national elections. New political laws governing elections, political parties and the structure of legislative bodies were signed by President B.J. Habibie on 1 February 1999. The article examines the three 1999 political laws at three levels: political and legal processes, content and implementation. The article argues that those laws were a re ection of political compromise and, therefore, did not meet demands for genuine reform: promoting good governance and the rule of law. 1. Introduction On 7 June 1999, more than 125 million Indonesians went to the polls to elect 462 of the 500 members of a new national parliament or People’s Representa- tive Assembly ( Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat or DPR). The remaining 38 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordic Journal of International Law Brill

Indonesian Political Laws in Habibie Era: Between Political Struggle and Law Reform

Nordic Journal of International Law, Volume 72 (4): 483 – Jan 1, 2003

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© 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0902-7351
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10.1163/157181003772759494
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Nordic Journal of International Law 72: 483–518, 2003. © 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. 483 Indonesian Political Laws in Habibie Era: Between Political Struggle and Law Reform NADIRSYAH HOSEN ¤ State University of Islamic Studies (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, Indonesia Abstract. Following the resignation of President Soeharto in May 1998, political and civic leaders, along with governmental ofŽ cials, began the process of developinga new political sys- tem. The most important step was to create a new legal framework for early national elections. New political laws governing elections, political parties and the structure of legislative bodies were signed by President B.J. Habibie on 1 February 1999. The article examines the three 1999 political laws at three levels: political and legal processes, content and implementation. The article argues that those laws were a re ection of political compromise and, therefore, did not meet demands for genuine reform: promoting good governance and the rule of law. 1. Introduction On 7 June 1999, more than 125 million Indonesians went to the polls to elect 462 of the 500 members of a new national parliament or People’s Representa- tive Assembly ( Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat or DPR). The remaining 38

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