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About Dynastic Politics, Mahfud MD: There Is No Law That Can Hinder Nepotism. Page all

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Mahfud MD respond to various polemics regarding dynastic politics in Pilkada 2020.

According to Mahfud, there is no law that regulates a relative of a public official not to run as a candidate for regional head.

Mahfud said, practice nepotism or kinship cannot be avoided, including in titles Pilkada 2020 which will be held on December 9th.

“Maybe most of us don’t like nepotism. But we have to say, there is no legal or constitutional way that can prevent a person from running on the basis of nepotism or the family system,” Mahfud said in an online discussion on ‘Pilkada and Consolidation of Local Democracy’, Saturday (5/9/2020).

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Mahfud said, this is true all over the world. He said that no other country has regulated the prohibition on the practice of kinship in politics.

He also said that the practice of kinship politics was not only meant to be bad.

“Previously in a district in Bangkalang, people shouted, ‘I want to run because my brother ordered him badly. Therefore, don’t accuse me of being nepotic, but because my brother is not good’,” said Mahfud.

“So it is not certain that people with nepotism have bad intentions,” he said.

Mahfud said, one of the rules regarding the prohibition of nepotism that can be emulated is the regulation that was made during the Dutch era.

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At that time, he said, there was a rule that the family of officials who held a project could not be involved.

“It used to be in the Dutch era, hopefully someone here would suggest it to avoid nepotism in the economic sector,” said Mahfud.

“I think everywhere cannot be obstructed by the law and the constitution. We cannot prohibit it. That is a fact,” he said.

The issue of dynastic politics surfaced along with the advancement of a number of close relatives of officials on the 2020 Pilkada stage, including President Joko Widodo’s family.

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Note Kompas.comThere is Gibran Rakabuming Raka who is running in the Solo Pilkada and Bobby Afif Nasution who is running in the Medan Pilkada.

Gibran is Jokowi’s eldest son, while Bobby is the president’s son-in-law.

Then, there is the name Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo (Sara) who is the nephew of the General Chairman of Gerindra and the Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto. Sara will run as a candidate for deputy mayor for South Tangerang.

There is also Siti Nur Azizah Ma’ruf, daughter of Vice President Ma’ruf Amin. Azizah will advance as the candidate for Mayor of South Tangerang.

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Kompas Research and Development notes that until now there are no regulations that specifically prohibit or restrict the politics of this dynasty.

One of the rules that has been made is Article 7 of Law Number 8 of 2015 concerning Pilkada regarding the prohibition of regional head candidates who have relatives with the incumbent.

Prior to its annulment, that article prohibited figures who were related by blood, marital ties, and / or lineage one level straight up, down and sideways to the incumbent, namely father, mother, in-law, uncle, aunt, brother, sister, brother-in-law, son and son-in-law. They may advance after passing the lull period of one term of office.

This article was canceled by the Constitutional Court (MK) because it was considered to limit the political rights of citizens to be elected as regional heads.

With the existence of the Constitutional Court decision, both candidates for regional head and candidates for deputy regional head who have relatives with the incumbent can advance in regional elections without having to wait for a period of rest after the incumbent does not serve.

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