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  • Another "Dual" Citizenship Case

    From (12 Feb 2021)
    The Jakarta Post
    Title : Dual citizenship spells trouble for regent-elect in East Nusa Tenggara
    By : Tri Indah Oktavianti

    [Indonesian Election officials found themselves in a quandary when they discovered that the recently elected regent of Sabu Raijua, ... is an American citizen ... (he) had failed to reveal that he had both an Indonesian and United States passport. Indonesian law does not recognize dual citizenship ...

    ... election authorities are now scrambling to solve the unprecedented problem ... the decision lay with the Home Ministry ... the ministry was still "analyzing and collecting documents to be used as the basis of making any decisions”. According to the country’s strict single-citizenship policy, any Indonesian found to hold a foreign passport will automatically lose their Indonesian citizenship, as regulated under the Citizenship Law ... there have been other cases of Indonesian dual-passport holders who were exposed in the media spotlight. Perhaps the most notable case was that of Arcandra Tahar, who was dismissed from his job as energy and mineral resources minister because of his dual nationality in 2016, .. He returned to the Cabinet as a deputy energy minister in the same year after renouncing his US citizenship and served until 2019.

    For years, Indonesian diaspora and mixed marriage families have been campaigning for another revision to the Citizenship Law to allow dual citizenship. They argue that the single citizenship policy often makes it hard to keep families together and undermines the well-being of families that have members of various nationalities – especially those who are still living in Indonesia... A bill to revise the single citizenship was included in the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) at the House of Representatives and gained momentary traction in 2015 when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he would back efforts to allow dual nationality. However, the bill has not made it to the Prolegnas’ priority list to date. Christina Aryani, a Golkar Party lawmaker who represents constituents abroad and in some parts of Jakarta, told the Post that pushing for dual citizenship was not an easy task when many lawmakers were worried about potential compromises to national security.
    Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) cofounder and former deputy foreign minister Dino Patti Djalal said he had found that invalid, unreasonable arguments about security had dominated debates about dual citizenship, when in fact, they should focus on ways it could be used as an instrument of national development ...]

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    The Jakarta Post , 18 April 2021
    Title : Regent-elect denied office after dual citizenship revelation
    By : Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    [People in Sabu Raijua, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) will have to revote for a regent sometime in the next two months after the Constitutional Court last week annulled the victory of regent-elect Orient Riwu Kore, who was found to hold a foreign passport...]