Last year President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revealed that the Central Government had identified 42,633 overlapping regulatory products, which included approximately 3,000 Regional Regulations (Perda, or bylaws). The President instructed the Minister of Home Affairs to cancel said bylaws by 2016 for the sake of improving Indonesia’s competitiveness and boosting economic growth. Four months later, 3,143 bylaws were cancelled. But before the decision was carried out, on October 2015, 46 municipality governments, backed by the Association of Regency Government of Indonesia (APKASI) filed a petition for Judicial Review on the Law No. 23/2014 and challenged 14 articles. On April 5, 2017, the Constitutional Court decided to grant the plea on 1 article, but this is the most important article. With this decision, governors can no longer cancel a regulation promulgated by municipalities.To subscribe please click here