By MOHD SHUKRI ISHAK
JAKARTA, Sept 30 -- Popular Indonesian artistes Krisdayanti, 44, and Mulan Jameela, 40, are among 575 elected representatives who will take their oath of office as members of the country's House of Representatives for the 2019-2024 term, tomorrow.
The two had won their respective seats of East Java V and West Java XI during the elections which took place on April 17.
Krisdayanti, an artiste who is also popular in Malaysia, contested as a candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), while Mulan, who is also the wife of artist Ahmad Dhani, contested for the Great Indonesia Movement Party.
Another elected representative, Yasonna Laoly who won as a PDI-P candidate, resigned from her post as the minister of Law and Human Rights on Sept 27, to take his oath of office in the august house.
Meanwhile, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Puan Maharani Nakshatra Kusyala (daughter of Indonesia's fifth president Megawati Soekarnoputri, and granddaughter of the first president, Soekarno) another PDI-P candidate, will also take her oath of office tomorrow, and resign from her ministerial post.
The oath-taking process will be performed before Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia Prof. Dr. H. M. Hatta Ali, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is also scheduled to attend the ceremony.
Jokowi, who won the 2019 presidential election, is set to take his oath of office as the President of Indonesia for the second term (2019-2024) on Oct 20.
Meanwhile, Jakarta Police public relations chief Argo Yuwono said 20,500 policemen were assigned to maintain peace in the area during the event.
Jalan Gatot Soebroto, the road leading to the parliament building, which is also among the major roads in Jakarta, has remained closed since last week following a series of demonstrations and riots ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
What began as a series of small-scale demonstrations three weeks ago, worsened on Sept 24, when thousands of undergraduates, students as well as members of certain quarters protested outside the Indonesian parliament building against proposed amendments to Indonesia's Penal Code.
The amendments are claimed to potentially reduce the powers of the Corruption Eradication Commission which deals with corruption cases in Indonesia, restrict human rights, and protect the political interests of certain parties.
Jokowi had ordered a postponement of the parliamentary vote on the law on Sept 20, and it would be the responsibility of the new members of the House of Representatives who will take oath tomorrow, to take further action.