President Sukarno of Indonesia, who recently took control of the government, presided July 23 at the swearing in of old and newly-appointed members of Parliament, in the State Palace, Jakarta.
MS Map of South East Asia.
LS Parliamentary members in his palace.
MS M. P's listening to Sukarno.
CU Sukarno speaking.
MS M. P's cabinet members with Sukarno.
CU Gen. Nasutian (Centre) and Dr. Djuanda.
CU Indonesian Crest.
MS Speaker of parliament Mr. Sartono.
LS Sukarno speaking.
MS Sukarno speaking.
MS. M. P's during swearing in.
MS Sukarno coming out.
MS Parliamentary building.
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Background: President Sukarno of Indonesia, who recently took control of the government, presided July 23 at the swearing in of old and newly-appointed members of Parliament, in the State Palace, Jakarta.
Earlier this month, President Sukarno announced the return to the 1945 Revolutionary Constitution, investing the President with virtually dictatorial powers. About 30 members of parliament who failed to take the oath under the 1945 constitution, have been given until August 17 by the Cabinet, to take the oath --- or they will be relieved of their seats.
The return to the Constitution swept out of office the 17th government to rule Indonesia in 14 years. Dissolving the old cabinet, President Sukarno named an enlarged cabinet with many armed forces officers -- to represent different interests. Under the constitution (which he helped to devise) Bukarno can be both President and Premier, responsible only to a 500-man consultative council --- more than half of whose members he will nominate himself. Naming his ten-man "inner" cabinet, Sukarno chose the Army. Not a single post wen to a Communist.
By these changes, President Sukarno hopes to guide the survival of democracy in his country. The sprawling republic of Indonesia - South-East Asia's most populous (85m) nation - had undergone a radical pro-Western change. The country, near bankruptcy born of chronic economical and political chaos since it won its freedom from Japanese occupation in 1945 and independence from the Dutch in 1949, has had many cabinet changes and political parties since independence.
On July 27, the "inner" cabinet approved a decree empowering the Attorney-General to demand the death sentence for people obstructing the Government's programme to provide sufficient food and clothing for the people.