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PDI-P on defensive over graft scandal

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 27, 2020   /  09:54 am
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Suspended General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan (center) is accused of asking Rp 900 million (US$65,948) of bribes from ndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Members of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appear to have closed ranks as the graft scandal involving at least one of its members drags on. Instead of disavowing bribery suspect Harun Masiku, who has been named a fugitive, party bigwigs have seemed keen on defending the PDI-P politician, even as more party members get caught up in the case. “PDI-P higher-ups are trying to ensure that the party is not brought down by this case by taking the bullet [for Harun],” Indonesia Political Review executive director Ujang Komarudin told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. The party is deeply entangled in the case because it pertains to a dispute between the General Elections Commission (KPU) and the PDI-P over who should take over a House of Representatives seat left vacant by deceased PDI-P politician Nazaruddin Kiemas of the South Sumatra I electo...