New law to curb Indonesia's political dynasties

The House of Representatives is deliberating a regulation that would curb the growth of political dynasties in local administrations.

House member from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Arief Wibowo said the new regulation would disable powerful families in local politics from exercising their control.

"Political dynasties compromise democracy. But at the same time, we cannot not limit the constitutional rights of individuals," Arief said, adding that the new law would strike a balance between the two.

Discussion on political dynasties have been rampant following the arrest of Tubagus Chaeri Wardhana, the younger brother of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

The arrest has exposed the control of Atut's family over Banten.

Members of the family control at least five regencies and municipalities in the province.