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12
April

The United States President, Joe Biden. (Photo: Reuters)

 

President of the United States, Joe Biden criticized Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's approach to the conflict in Gaza, calling it a mistake. He also criticized Israel's handling of the conflict. According to President Joe Biden, Israel should call for a cessation of fighting to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

10
April

Muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Matraman, East Jakarta on Monday (2/5/2022). (Photo: RRI/Charlie Reinhard)

 

Joy colors the Eid al-Fitr celebration. Every Muslim worldwide certainly feels happiness every time they celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Not only because Muslims have observed fasting and other religious observances a month before, in the month of Ramadan, but Eid al-Fitr is a long-awaited moment to meet family, relatives, and friends.

09
April

Locals make ketupat to sell at the Peunayong traditional market, Banda Aceh, Aceh on Tuesday (9/4/2024). (Photo: ANTARA/Irwansyah Putra)

 

After fasting during the month of Ramadan, Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of fasting from eating and drinking, including Muslims in Indonesia. Although the celebration of Eid al-Fitr is different for those who believe in it, the main purpose of the celebration is to purify the heart like a newborn baby to the world. Fasting is not just about restraining the lust for food and drink, but also being able to control and train emotions, and thoughts from excessive desires that tend to be negative.

08
April

Peter Pellegrini while still the prime minister of Slovakia in 2019. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/European Parliament)

 

Peter Pellegrini won the presidential election of Slovakia on Saturday (6/4), defeating opposition-backed diplomat Ivan Korcok. Ivan Korcok admitted the defeat since the almost complete election result showed he got 47 percent of the votes while Pellegrini got 53 percent.

05
April

South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung casts his ballot during early voting at a polling station in Daejeon on Friday (5/4/2024), ahead of next week's parliamentary elections. (Photo: AFP/Yonhap)

 

South Korean legislative elections will be held on April 10, 2024, to elect 300 members of parliament or the National Assembly. The election comes nearly two years after conservative President, Yoon Suk-yeol won the 2022 presidential election, defeating Democrat Lee Jae-myung by a margin of 0.73%.

01
April

Humanitarian aid being airdropped from a Jordanian military aircraft over the northern Gaza Stripon Sunday (31/3/2024), amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo: AFP/Jordanian Army)

 

The delivery of aid in Gaza was thrown into chaos on Saturday after an Israeli attack. Paramedics from the Red Crescent reported that 5 people died in the attack. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are currently in dire need of assistance after being bombarded by Israel for 6 months.

27
March

Development in the Central Government Core Area (KIPP) of Indonesia's new capital city of Nusantara in North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan on Monday (12/2/2024). (Photo: ANTARA/Rivan Awal Lingga)

 

Construction of the new capital city of Indonesia, Nusantara, continues. Nusantara Capital City Authority - OIKN on Tuesday (26/3) launched the city's Biodiversity Management Master Plan. This is an effort to ensure that the development of the new national capital goes hand in hand with environmental preservation.

26
March

A trial conducted by the Indonesian Constitutional Court on Wednesday (24/5/2023). (Photo: RRI/Ryan Suryadi)

 

The Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) officially released the results of the 2024 election on March 20, 2024. However, the decision is still not binding because there are certainly parties who have objections to the 2024 election results announced by the KPU.

 

It is inevitable that disputes over election results will occur based on the KPU's announcement. Because, the resolution of this problem will lead to the Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK). Regarding this matter, the Constitutional Court registrar, Muhidin, as quoted on the court's website, said that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2024 simultaneous general election results dispute is no later than 3 x 24 hours from the general election's announcement. This time limit applies to requests for disputes over the results of the presidential & vice presidential election as well as the election of members of the house of representatives, namely People's Representative Council (DPR), Regional People's Representative Council (DPRD), and Regional Representatives Council (DPD).

 

Submission of dispute requests starts from 15 February until 23 March 2024, and then verification is carried out. The initial trial of the dispute will begin on March 27, 2024 and the verdict will be read on April 22, 2024. In the court's official statement, the Constitutional Court is given 14 working days to resolve disputes over the results of the presidential and vice presidential elections, and 30 working days to resolve disputes over the results of the legislative elections.

 

Meanwhile, regarding election disputes, member of the supervisory board of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), Titi Anggraini, said that internal control and supervision should run effectively to spare no chance for judges involved in handling disputes over general election results carrying out transactional or deviant actions. Because, this could have a negative impact on the credibility and integrity of the Constitutional Court in the eyes of the public in handling disputes over the results of the 2024 elections.

 

The Constitutional Court is the final gateway in resolving democratic disputes in Indonesia. Neutrality, honesty, integrity, justice and propriety are very important in decision making. Negative influences in issuing decisions must be overcome by the court judges. They must avoid politics of revenge or pressure to change the outcome of the verdict. Besides, petitioners in election disputes must also be able to prove concrete and valid evidence to the Constitutional Court judges. So, what is proposed is a reality that must be resolved by the Constitutional Court in seeking a solution and to formulating an appropriate and fair verdict. However, if the Constitutional Court has decided the outcome of the dispute based on the evidence submitted and referring to the applicable rules/law, the losing party must be ready to accept it sincerely.

25
March

The United Nations Security Council meeting room. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Patrick Gruban)

 

The UN security council again failed to make a peace resolution in Palestine. Finally, the United States (US) on Friday (22/3) submitted a draft, stating that the Security Council would support the importance of an immediate and sustainable ceasefire and, for the first time, condemned Hamas attack on October 7.

22
March

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese (left) smiles as Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi signs a visitors book prior to their meeting in Canberra, Australia on Wednesday (20/3/2024). (Photo: AFP/David Gray)

 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra, Australia on Wednesday (20/3). The meeting with Albanese was part of Wang Yi's working visit to Australia.

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