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Amien foresees nearing impeachment proceedings JAKARTA - Speaker of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly (MPR) Amien Rais revealed on Friday that leaders of major factions at the House of Representatives and MPR were exploring constitutional options allowing the prompt initiation of an MPRspecial session to impeach President Abdurrahman Wahid. He noted that if the House went ahead with its decision to issue a memorandum of censure to the President, it signifies that the House has decided to pursue a longer method of impeaching the President for his involvement in two financial scandals.
"But I heard that leaders of political parties and factions at the House and MPR are currently looking for a constitutional way to speed up the MPR special session," Amien was quoted by Antara as saying. According to Amien, whatever method the House pursued would lead to the same objective, the impeachment of the President.Nevertheless, Amien suggested that the House's decision to send a memorandum of censure to the President would only prolong political uncertainty in the country. According to a 1978 law, a special session can be called if the President ignores two censure memorandums, which means that such a session could not be held for at least four months from now.
Amien argued that the nation could not afford to wait four months amid the current "economic and political uncertainties" in Indonesia. Nevertheless, Amien noted that pursuing a slower path of impeaching Abdurrahman may also be good for the nation, so that the public could prepare for the impeachment as well as any change in government that may result.
The House voted overwhelmingly to accept investigative reports implicating the President in two financial scandals, dubbed as Buloggate and Bruneigate. The House also decided to send a memorandum of censure to the President. Amien said the overwhelming acceptance of the investigative report by the House showed that Abdurrahman's legitimacy had dropped sharply.
Amien said that the MPR would be prepared to convene a special session to impeach the President at any time in the near future. The MPR comprises the 500 members of the House and 200 appointees from interest groups and regional governments.



Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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