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Jokowi issues letter to begin revision of KPK law

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  10:45 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo delivers his state of the nation address at the House of Representatives complex in Jakarta.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has sent a letter to the House of Representatives to show his approval of a revision to the 2002 law on the Corruption Eradication Commission despite concerns from activists and academics that the proposed amendment would only weaken the antigraft body. “The Surpres [presidential letter] has been signed by the President and sent to the House of Representatives,” State Secretary Pratikno said on Wednesday. The official declined to reveal the letter’s content, saying that the President himself would do it, but added that the government had revised the draft bill sent by the House. “The President said the KPK was an independent state institution in corruption eradication and that it had [more powers] than other agencies.” Earlier on Wednesday, Jokowi said he had received the bill’s problem i...