Fri, 18 Jul 2003

JAKARTA: The People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) decided not to invite the Supreme Advisory Council (DPA) to give its report at the Annual Session from Aug. 1 through 10 as the Council had legally been disbanded last year.

Assembly speaker Amien Rais suggested on Thursday that President Megawati Soekarnoputri issue a decree to formally disband the council.

Lawmakers disbanded the 30-strong DPA last year when they completed the amendment of the constitution, but the institution continues to exist until today.

Constitutional law expert Jimly Ashidiqqie said earlier that the presence of the DPA had ended as soon as the constitutional amendment process ended.

DPA was reportedly used by former president Soeharto to accommodate retired military and state officials. --JP