Kebumen regent resigns after being named graft suspect
The Jakarta Post
Kebumen Regent Mohammad Yahya Fuad has announced his resignation from his position after he was named a suspect in a case of alleged graft surrounding education agency and youth and sports agency projects in the regency.
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo confirmed in Semarang on Wednesday that Yahya had informed him about his resignation.
“Pak Yahya phoned me on Monday after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect,” he told journalists.
In October last year, the KPK launched a sting operation in its investigation into a case of alleged graft related to projects in the two agencies. Six people were named graft suspects following the investigation.
The suspects are Kebumen Legislative Council members Dian Lestari and Yudhy Tri Hartanto, Kebumen Tourism Agency civil servant Sigit Widodo, Kebumen administration regional secretary Andi Pandowo, the president director of general supplier Otosda Sukses Mandiri Abadi Group, Hartoyo, and businessman Basikun Suwandi.
Ganjar said deputy regent Yazid Mahfudz would serve as acting regent.
Yahya and Yazid were inaugurated by Ganjar as Kebumen regent and deputy regent, respectively, alongside 16 other pairs of regional heads from areas across Central Java on Feb. 17, 2016.
To prevent corruption from taking place, Ganjar previously sent the 17 pairs to take part in an anticorruption program held by the KPK in Jakarta.
“This is the first ever program in Indonesia. We have taken various steps to ensure that public officials in Central Java do not commit [acts of] corruption,” said Ganjar. (ebf)
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