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SBY's pick of BI gov candidates seen as surprising but positive

  • Aditya Suharmoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 18 2008   /  01:33 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's nomination of total outsiders to head Bank Indonesia was interpreted as an attempt at image control. A surprise to some, the two nominees -- Bank Mandiri president Agus Martowardojo and vice president of asset management company PT Perusahaan Pengelola Aset, Raden Pardede -- could help give BI a new look after a recent bribery scandal said economists and a lawmaker. The candidates were proposed by the President to the House of Representatives last Friday. Standard Chartered economist Fauzi Ichsan, said Saturday the nomination might have come from the president's reluctance to name candidates from within BI, following a case of alleged graft at the bank. Current BI governor Burhanuddin Abdullah has been named a suspect in the case involving some House members. Burhanuddin denied any wrongdoing, but made it clear he would ...