• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT SUKARNO IS SUBORDINATE TO THE CONGRESS, BUT THE IMPRECISE 1945 INDONESIAN CONSTITUTION ALSO GRANTS HIM EXTRAORDINARY EMERGENCY POWERS.

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    PRESIDENT SUKARNO IS SUBORDINATE TO THE CONGRESS, BUT THE IMPRECISE 1945 INDONESIAN CONSTITUTION ALSO GRANTS HIM EXTRAORDINARY EMERGENCY POWERS. HE HAS RULED BY THESE POWERS SINCE THE DISTURBED DAYS PRECEDING THE 1958 SUMATRA AND CELEBES REBELLIONS. THE 1945 CONSTITUTION PROVIDES FOR THE ELECTION OF A PRESIDENT EVERY FIVE YEARS. BUT THE CONGRESS LAST YEAR MADE DR. SUKARNO LIFETIME PRESIDENT.

    THE CONGRESS WAS REDUCED FROM ABOUT 600 MEMBERS TO AROUND 300 BY THE BANNING OF COMMUNITIES AND PRO-COMMUNIST MEMBERS. SOME 130 NEW MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ADDED, INCLUDING GENERAL SUHARTO. IT INCLUDED ALL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND REPRESENTATIVES OF PROVINCE, AND VARIOUS GROUPS SUCH AS STUDENTS, ARTISTS, THE ARMED FORCES AND PEASANTS.

    THE CONGRESS WILL DISCUSS PRESIDENT SUHARNO'S STATUS AND POWERS, AND THOSE OF GENERAL SUHARTO, HEAD OF THE RULING PRESIDIUM TO WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS DELEGATED ENTIRE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY. THE RECENT RECONCILIATION BETWEEN INDONESIA AND SINGAPORE WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED, BUT THERE HAS BEEN NO MENTION OF THE AGREEMENT TO END MILITARY CONFRONTATION WITH MALAYSIA -- ANOTHER PROBABLE SUBJECT, WHICH INDONESIA HAS YET TO RATIFY.

    THERE ARE ALSO DEMANDS FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS TO PARLIAMENT WHICH FORMS PARTS OF CONGRESS. THE LAST GENERAL ELECTIONS WERE IN 1955. THE CONGRESS IS REQUIRED TO MEET AT LEAST ONCE IN FIVE YEARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEYT0SOM8ODG31WKO08EV1P457
    Media URN:
    VLVAEYT0SOM8ODG31WKO08EV1P457
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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