Jokowi’s Brother-in-Law Removed as Constitutional Court Chief Justice

  • The Honor Council of the Constitutional Court made the decision Tuesday to remove Chief Justice Anwar Usman, who is also the brother-in-law of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, from his position. This decision follows a controversial ruling regarding the age limit for presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
  • However, the council’s decision did not impact the ruling, and Gibran remains a valid candidate.
  • Anwar was found guilty of a “serious breach of ethics and good conduct as a Constitutional Court judge” and “violating the principles of impartiality, integrity, competence, equality, independence, and decorum” of the court, according to Honor Council Chairman Jimly Asshiddiqie, who announced the verdict in Jakarta.
  • Additionally, the council has instructed the court to appoint a new chief justice within the next two days. Jimly clarified that the council does not have the authority to overturn the ruling. Its role is primarily limited to addressing ethicalmatters and suspected misconduct by judges.

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