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Political hurdles loom large for new antigraft czar

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 27 2010   /  12:18 pm

The newly elected head of the country’s antigraft body, Busyro Muqoddas, faces the daunting task of resolving high-profile and politically charged corruption cases in a short period of time.Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Bibit Samad Rianto urged Busyro, whose term ends in 2011 along with the other KPK deputy chairmen, to fine-tune the commission’s system to speed up corruption eradication.While lauding Busyro’s experience as Judicial Commission chairman, Bibit said he felt Busyro’s appointment was a political decision, which could undermine the KPK’s attempt to take on politically charged cases.On Thursday, the House of Representatives’ legal affairs commission elected Busyro, who is reportedly close to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, as KPK chairman, edging out the KPK’s other deputy chairmen.Prior to the vote, Democratic P...