New Supreme Court Justice Syarifuddin appears on a computer screen during an internal election to select the new chief justice in Jakarta on Monday. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

Syarifuddin Elected as Chief Justice

BY :FANA SUPARMAN

APRIL 06, 2020

Jakarta. The Supreme Court's judiciary deputy, Syarifuddin, was elected as the new chief justice in an internal election on Monday to replace Hatta Ali who will reach retirement age on May 1.

During the election involving all 47 justices, Syarifuddin received 32 votes against his sole rival Andi Samsan Nganro who only received 14.

Hatta, who presided over the election, did not cast a vote as he will depart the office next month.

"We concluded the democratic process today, which should end rivalries and political partisanship among us. We must reunite and work together according to our duties and responsibility, to bring improvements to the Supreme Court and the judicial system," Syarifuddin said in his acceptance speech.

Syarifuddin will lead the all-powerful Supreme Court until 2025. According to the Indonesian judicial system, the court has the final say on nearly all criminal and civil cases put on trial.

The election, in which all justices had equal rights to be elected, was streamed live from the Supreme Court building in Central Jakarta. 

Justices had to cast votes for a second time after none of them failed to get a simple majority of the votes during the first round. Two candidates with the most votes – Syarifuddin and Andi – contested the second round. 

Hatta said the result of the election will be presented to President Joko Widodo as soon as possible so his successor could be sworn in immediately. 

"The president will formally inaugurate the new chief justice. Let's lend our support to Indonesia's new chief justice," Hatta told the meeting.

"I thank you and everyone at the Supreme Court and all the lower courts for your support and cooperation during the eight years and two months of my tenure," he said.

Supreme Court justices, all wearing face masks, cast their votes to elect new chief justice at the Supreme Court building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (Photo Courtesy of Supreme Court)
Supreme Court justices, all wearing face masks, cast their votes to elect a new chief justice at the Supreme Court building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Supreme Court)

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