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House’s KPK picks ‘politically motivated’

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 3 2011   /  10:49 am

The House of Representatives has elected the next four leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), prompting angry cries from critics who say that the victors were chosen to serve the interests of political parties.

The House’s law commission voted in lawyer and rights activist Abraham Samad, senior prosecutor Zulkarnaen and National Police Commission member Adnan Pandupraja, along with race frontrunner Bambang Widjojanto.

Support for former Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) chief Yunus Husein, another frontrunner in the race, disappeared at the last minute due to a failed lobbying attempt by the Democratic Party, which had initially named him as their preferred candidate.

The ruling party, which controls a majority 14 seats in the commission, were out-muscled by the Golkar Party, which supported Pandupraja.

Golkar, which ...