Indonesian constitutional court chairman removed from office for ethical violations

Anwar Usman, Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court, has been removed from office due to serious ethical violations in a controversial case regarding the age requirements for presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

In a decision, the Constitutional Court, chaired by Anwar, introduced a new norm, allowing candidates elected through elections to register as presidential or vice-presidential candidates, even if they did not meet the minimum age requirement of 40 years.

This decision paved the way for Joko Widodo’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, to become a vice-presidential candidate in the 2024 Presidential Election at the age of 36, as he had recently become the Mayor of Solo.

Indonesia Constitutional Court Chief Justice faces allegations of ethics violations


The Constitutional Court announced the formation of an Honorary Council to probe allegations of ethics code violations involving Chief Judge Anwar Usman, tied to a decision benefiting President Jokowi’s nephew, Gibran Rakabuming.

The Council, comprising three members, aims to impartially investigate the accusations in a specified timeframe.