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Death knell sounds for antigraft body

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 13, 2019   /  09:12 am
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Researchers from various antigraft research centers and Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo (center) hold up signs urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to stop the House of Representatives from revising the KPK Law.(The Jakarta Post/Bambang Muryanto)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has found itself looking into an abyss as a number of political decisions that activists and experts say will severely weaken the antigraft body seem set to sail through the House of Representatives. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has sent a presidential letter (Surpres) to the House that will kickstart deliberations on a problematic revision of the 2002 KPK Law, while the House will soon name five new KPK commissioners from a pool of 10 candidates, one of whom, South Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri, KPK leaders said might have committed "gross ethical violations". The House and the government, which had previously balked at attempts to revise the KPK Law, were quick to follow up on Jokowi's political decision. While the deliberations for the KPK bill are set to be officially announced in the House&...