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KPK selection team proceeds amid protest

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 21, 2019   /  06:38 am
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Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employees form a human chain around their office in Jakarta on Thursday. They were sending a message that they were not afraid of intimidation in the wake of the latest assault on a KPK investigator by an unindentified man at Hotel Borobudur on Saturday night. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana )

With incumbent Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders approaching the end of their term, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has established a special committee to select new commissioners to replace them. However, the move has been criticized by antigraft activists who argued that the background of some team members was not in line with the country’s corruption eradication vision. KPK leadership under chairman Agus Rahardjo, which includes deputy chairpersons Laode Muhammad Syarif, Saut Situmorang, Basaria Panjaitan and Alexander Marwata, is set to end on Dec. 21 — four years after they were appointed. Jokowi signed a decree on the formation of a KPK leadership selection team  on Friday. The team has been tasked with selecting candidates to lead the antigraft body and present their names to the House of Representatives. These candidates would...