Jakarta. Judicial deputy of the Supreme Court, Syarifuddin, was elected new chief justice on Monday in an internal election to replace Hatta Ali who will reach retirement age on May 1.
In elections involving the 47 judges, Syarifuddin won 32 votes against his only rival Andi Samsan Nganro, who only got 14.
Hatta, who chaired the election, did not vote as he will be leaving office next month.
“We have concluded the democratic process today, which should end the rivalries and political partisanship between us. We must come together and work together in accordance with our duties and responsibilities, to make improvements to the Supreme Court and the system judicial, “said Syarifuddin in his acceptance speech. .
Syarifuddin will head the all-powerful Supreme Court until 2025. According to the Indonesian judicial system, the court has the final say on almost all criminal and civil cases that have been tried.
The election, in which all judges had the same rights to be elected, was broadcast live from the Supreme Court building in central Jakarta.
The judges had to vote a second time after none of them obtained a simple majority of votes in the first round. Two candidates with the most votes – Syarifuddin and Andi – contested the second round.
Hatta said the election results will be presented to President Joko Widodo as soon as possible so that his successor can take the oath immediately.
“The president will officially inaugurate the new chief justice. Let us support the new chief justice of Indonesia,” said Hatta at the meeting.
“I thank you and all members of the Supreme Court and all lower courts for your support and cooperation during the eight years and two months of my mandate,” he said.