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Jakarta Post

The war within the Democrats has just begun

  • Ikrar Nusa Bhakti

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 27 2013   /  09:20 am

Friday, Feb. 22, was a special day for Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum. That day he was named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a corruption case centering on the construction of the Hambalang sports facility in Bogor, West Java.

A week earlier, his powers as chairman of the party were taken over by the chairman of the party’s supreme assembly President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

A day after KPK declared him a graft suspect, Anas relinquished his chief post in accordance with the integrity pact he and other party executives had signed. He has quit from the party altogether as evinced when he took off his blue party jacket, according to his close friend Saan Mustofa, the party’s deputy secretary general.

If the Corruption Court judges later find Anas guilty as charged, it would not be impossible for him to completely lose his p...