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Jakarta Post

Former leaders condemn efforts to weaken KPK

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 13 2009   /  09:19 am

A former head of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to show his support for the graft watchdog by putting an end to moves to weaken its authority. Former KPK chief Taufiequrrachman Ruki, along with former deputy Erry Riyana Hardjapamengkas, made an appearance at the launch of the Cicak Movement at the Proclamation Monument in Central Jakarta on Sunday. Cicak, which means gecko, is an abbreviation of the Indonesian words for “Love Indonesia, Love KPK.” The movement was sparked by corruption watchdogs and NGOs such as Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), the Indonesia Budget Center (IBC) and Transparency International Indonesia. “These days, corruptors are fighting us all. Currently, they are systematically trying to put a stop to the war on corruption,” Ruki said at the rally to the applause of hundreds ...