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Jakarta Post

History test: Jokowi can salvage his anticorruption legacy

  • Vishnu Juwono


Jakarta   /   Wed, December 18, 2019   /  10:24 am
History test: Jokowi can salvage his anticorruption legacy Corruption act: Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio (right), State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir (second right), Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim (left) stage a performance during a celebration of International Anticorruption Day at SMK 57 state vocational school in Jakarta on Dec. 9. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

For the first time, after attending them annually for the past four years, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo skipped International Anticorruption Day events on Dec. 9, which were organized by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), and sent Vice President Ma’ruf Amin instead. To many this was a compelling although unsurprising symbol of his deteriorating relationship with the current KPK commissioners. The climax of the breakdown of the relationship between the President and the KPK occurred when his government agreed to the revision of the KPK Law, which triggered massive protests last September and the recent resignation of a number of employees as it was perceived to cut the KPK’s authority. Actually, the history of the anticorruption movement has rarely shown the type of happy ending found in Disney movies and have more resembled William Shakespeare&rs...

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