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Setya pushes for inquiry into KPK

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
    Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, May 19, 2017 | 12:57 pm
Setya pushes for inquiry into KPK Under fire: Golkar Party chairman and House Speaker Setya Novanto (right) and former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum appear at court in April in Jakarta as witnesses in a bribery case involving e-ID card procurement. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has called on lawmakers to accelerate the establishment of an inquiry team to investigate the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

“In the previous plenary session, we agreed to form an inquiry team. Hence, the House speakership wants to push the [KPK] inquiry plan forward to the next phase,” Setya said. He was speaking during the opening of the House’s fifth sitting period on Thursday.

Factions are divided over whether to appoint representatives to the KPK inquiry team amid mounting public opposition to the move. Public and antigraft activists have said that such a move would enable the House to meddle in the KPK’s investigation into graft involving e-ID card procurement.

(Read also: KPK inquiry in limbo as House factions give mixed signals)

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the Hanura Party have stated their intention of appointing representatives to the team and pushing the inquiry forward. Meanwhile, the Gerindra Party said it would appoint representatives to fight the inquiry “from the inside.”

The National Awakening Party (PKB), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party have firmly stated they would not appoint representatives to the inquiry team.

The United Development Party (PPP) and the NasDem Party have not announce a stance, saying they would first consider the political dynamics. (ebf)

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