Prabowo Coalition will Abolish direct Election of President ?

JAKARTA-Fears are growing in Indonesia that the coalition of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto intends to mess further with the country's democracy.

Having last week abolished the direct election of regional, local and provincial governors, parties loyal to the former army strongman are now said to want to abolish the direct election of the country's president.

Instead, the president would be appointed by a body called the MPR — a joint sitting of the country's upper and lower houses. The system harks back to the days of Suharto and would put the power back in the hands of the country's oligarchs.

Mr Prabowo is also said to be seeking changes to the rules governing presidential impeachment, to enable him to directly attack the winner of the July poll, Joko Widodo

President-elect Joko Widodo in Jakarta.
President-elect Joko Widodo in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters


(, Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media)