Flames in New DPD Chairman Appointment

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB - Politics

The selected Regional Representatives Council (DPD) Chairman Oesman Sapta Odang (second left), first Deputy Chairman I Nono Sampono (left), and second Deputy Chairman Damayanti (third left) are seen taking an oath of office witnessed by the Supreme Court´s Judicial Division Deputy Chairman Syarifuddin (right) in an inauguration of DPD Chairman in the DPD plenary session at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday (4/4). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS - The appointment of Oesman Sapta Odang as the Chairman of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) for the period of 2017-2019, and Nono Sampono and Damayanti Lubis as the Deputy Chairman has made some DPD officials hold grudges. Although the Supreme Court has inaugurated Oesman "Oso" Sapta Odang, the appointment of him is considered legally defective. Oso was appointed based on the DPD Regulation No.1/2017, but the regulation was canceled by the Supreme Court.

Therefore, the appointment of Oso and the other two new DPD leaders triggered a conflict among DPD members. They consider that the appointment of Oso as the DPD chairman is illegal as it was based on the regulation canceled by the Supreme Court. They also said they will make a legal effort to cancel the appointment of Oso as DPD chairman.

However, the Supreme Court insists on inaugurating Oso and the two deputy chairmen to lead DPD. The Supreme Court Deputy Chairman Agung Suwardi guided them in taking an oath of office to lead DPD at Nusantara V Building, last Tuesday (4/4). Previously, the Secretary General of DPD, Sudarsono Hardjosoekarto also read the ruling on the appointment of Oso and the two deputy chairmen.

Oesman Sapta Odang, the new leader of DPD, stated that his position as the Chairman of DPD is legal. Although some DPD members consider that his position is illegal. When Oso was questioned about his response to the possible dual leadership in DPD, he answered that DPD won’t be led by two leaders because the Supreme Court has acknowledged his leadership.

"It’s impossible. The appointment is made," he said at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Tuesday (4/3).

Oso also stated there won’t be any conflict of interest in leading DPD although he’s a leader of a political party as there’s no single regulation that forbids a political party official to lead DPD.