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Jakarta Post

SBY stews while party simmers

  • Bagus BT Saragih and Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Denpasar   /   Fri, February 17 2012   /  08:31 am

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono has been infuriated by the widening rifts in the leadership of the Democratic Party that he founded more than a decade ago.

Previously deemed too lenient in tolerating “rebellious” moves by other parties in his ruling coalition, Yudhoyono appears effectively impotent when faced with quelling dissent inside his own party.

He was visibly angered by the recent decision of lawmaker Mohammad Jafar Hafsah, the Democratic Party’s leader in the House, to move lawmaker Angelina “Angie” Sondakh from Commission X overseeing education to Commission III overseeing law.

The move was seen as a rank-and-file thumbing of the Democratic Party’s collective nose at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for naming Angelina a graft suspect.

The KPK, meanwhile, rejected Angelina’s committee assignment.

“I won’t come ...