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Oversight body marks new KPK dawn

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, December 21, 2019   /  11:54 am
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Taking the reins: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Comr. Gen. Firli Bahuri (left) and Agus Rahardjo, head of the antigraft body for the 2015-2019 period, smile as they shake hands after the inauguration of new KPK leadership and supervisory council members at the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated Firli and four other KPK commissioners — Alexander Marwata, Lili Pintauli Siregar, Nawawi Pomolango and Nurul Ghufron — for the 2019-2023 term.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated on Friday five members of the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) new supervisory council, which will oversee the leading agency in the fight against corruption in the country. The President inaugurated the council as part of the implementation of the revised KPK Law, which mandates the establishment of the supervisory body that will monitor the commission, including granting wiretapping permits. The new provision in the law was greeted with public anger by activists and demonstrators who viewed it as a sign that KPK investigations would be compromised in the interests of politicians. Jokowi answered the criticisms by handpicking the five figures, who come from strong law enforcement backgrounds — from former judges to a senior researcher. Tumpak Hatorangan Panggabean, who was acting KPK chairman between 2...