Indonesian students protest, rumors spread that the government wants to stay longer hoping to postpone the election

I’m afraid the rumors are true that the government aims to postpone the 2024 presidential election in order to stay Indonesian student group So came out to protest and clash with the authorities.

April 11, 2022 News Agency AP Thousands of Indonesian students are reportedly demonstrating in the streets. to express disagreement with the rumor that The government considers to postpone the presidential election. for Mr Joko Widodo to serve as president beyond his two terms. which the group of students saw If true, it will undermine the country’s democracy.

Police disperse protesters during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Protesters were sprayed by high-pressure water and tear gas by crowd control officers in front of Jakarta’s parliament building, while protests were also held in other cities including Yogyakarta, Bandung, Makkassar, Pontianak, among others. President Widodo has denied the news. On Sunday 10 Apr.

Widodo also ordered high-ranking politicians and political allies to explain the matter to the people. There was no idea that the election would be postponed. ready to order the Cabinet to explain this matter clearly The election is scheduled for February 14, 2024 (2024).

(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

“This matter needs to be explained. in order to end the cycle of rumors among the people that the government is trying to postpone the election Or we can extend the president to a third term,” Widodo said at a cabinet meeting.

Mr Khaharuddin The protest coordinator said: “We ask politicians not to betray the constitution of the country. We want them to listen to the needs of the people.”

Indonesian students protest
Students shout slogans during a rally outside the parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The gathering on Monday, April 11, began peacefully. After a representative of politicians came to talk to the protesters. and confirmed that the election was not postponed. However, non-student protesters trying to break into the parliament building by throwing stones and bottles at the police Then it was hit by high-pressure water. and tear gas countermeasures

Students rock the gate of the parliament building during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

National Police Commissioner Listio Sikit Prabowo said officials wanted to protect the safety of students who voiced defenses for democracy. But we need to deter intruders to create a chaotic situation.

Indonesia’s 1999 constitution, following the mass ousting of dictator Suharto, stipulates that the president can serve no more than two terms.

Widodo spoke at the cabinet meeting. From Wednesday, April 6, after a government figure tried to present a constitutional amendment, “Don’t let there be an extension of the president’s agenda. Or postpone the election again, that’s enough.”

President Widodo also said that Now the issue that needs to be addressed is inflation and expensive things. while supporters of Mr Widodo want the president to stay in office to deal with the economic downturn during the coronavirus pandemic Including wanting to continue the project to move the capital to Bornium worth 35 billion dollars.

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