The decisive factor that decides the plight of the progression
of a country is the stability of the land in terms of governance.
A stable government attracts the best of the investments along
with loads of development. A stable government leads to the
stability in the society too.
An unstable government
brings in the fervor of unrest ness in the society with the
feeling of civil wars and other anti-social activities. This
brings in the importance of the political scenario of the country
and its politics where Indonesia is no exception. Indonesia
Politics is known worldwide for its great undulations.
Indonesia represents the presidential from of government and is a
republic. The central power is vested with the national government
which is headed by the elected head of the state.
This shows the feature
of a unitary government. The country had long and influential rule
of President Suharto for a long time following whose downfall in
1998 the administration witnessed major changes in the structure
of the government and the political scenario of the state. This
was the time when Indonesia went through major political and
Indonesian constitution was formed in 1945 after which it has been
reformed four times in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. After the last
reform the legislative, judicial and legislative branches were
overhauled and a new liberal democratic political system was
President is the head of the state, commander-in-chief of the
armed forces, and an indispensable figure for domestic governance,
policy-making and foreign affairs. The term for the president is
of five years and in 2004 the common people voted directly for the
President and Vice- President for the first time. The People's
Consultative Assembly (MPR) is the highest representative body at
the national level whose main function is to support and amend
constitution along with formulizing outlines for the state
The MPR is invested with the power of impeaching the president. It
constitute of two lower houses of representatives: the People's
Representative Council (DPR) which houses 550 members and the
Regional Representatives Council (DPD) which includes 168 members.