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Jakarta Post

Politicians trade punches ahead of live TV debate

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 11 2008   /  11:01 am

Adding to the already bruised reputation of Indonesian politicians, two legislative candidates from different parties physically attacked each other moments before they were scheduled to hold a live debate on TV on Tuesday night. The incident comes during a dark time for the country's politicians, many of whom are implicated in corruption cases. Djoko Edhi Abdulrahman, a politician of the United Development Party (PPP), became enraged after Bahrudin Dahlan of the National Mandate Party (PAN) accused him of being a broker for people wanting to become legislative candidates representing the PPP. The clash broke out minutes before the start of a talk show hosted by private broadcaster TV One, in which the politicians were to debate. Bahrudin, who had arrived earlier at the studio in Wisma Nusantara Building, Central Jakarta, was attacked without warning by Djoko. Djoko retali...