Jakarta (ANTARA) - The final decision to amend the 1945 Constitution to restore the People's Consultative Assembly's (MPR) authority in making policies to determine the state policy guidelines (PPHN) lay in the hands of the political parties, MPR speaker Bambang Soesatyo stated.

"The decision to proceed with the limited amendment depends on the political dynamics and political will of political party leaders in the parliament, and we should also consider opinions from academics and scholars," Speaker Soesatyo stated at an event to commemorate Constitution Day and the 76th anniversary of the MPR RI at the Legislative Complex in Jakarta, Wednesday.

Following his successful bid for MPR speaker in late 2019, Soesatyo had visited political party leaders and received several inputs, especially on the proposed amendment.

"We have received many suggestions from political leaders regarding the proposed amendment. Some expressed their concern, while others expressed their support by questioning the need for a limited amendment," he remarked.

The state policy guidelines are paramount to the long-term development of the country, particularly to welcome the projected golden era in 2024 when Indonesia achieves a demographic bonus, Soesatyo stated.

"Indonesia’s population will increase to 318 million in 2045, and some 70 percent of the projected population will be of the productive age. Hence, the MPR RI should prepare a vision and thorough plan to respond to future challenges and mitigate future problems," Speaker Soesatyo remarked.

Meanwhile, the MPR RI speaker made assurance that the presidential term limit, currently restricted to two consecutive terms, would not be modified by the amendment.

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