In­do­ne­sia’s par­li­a­ment re­ap­points scan­dal-hit spea­ker

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

IN­DO­NE­SIA - In­do­ne­sia’s par­li­a­ment yes­ter­day re­ap­poin­ted Se­tya No­van­to as its spea­ker, rein­sta­ting him des­pi­te a scan­dal last year when he was ac­cu­sed of trying to ex­tort $1.8 bil­li­on of sha­res from the lo­cal unit of U.S. mi­ning gi­ant Freeport McMo­ran Inc.

No­van­to re­sig­ned as spea­ker in De­cem­ber af­ter an in­quiry was laun­ched when the head of Freeport In­do­ne­sia Maroef Sjams­oed­din told par­li­a­ment’s ethics pa­nel he se­cret­ly re­cor­ded a mee­ting with No­van­to and al­le­ged the spea­ker as­ked for a sta­ke of 20 per­cent in the com­pa­ny. Sjams­oed­din re­sig­ned in Ja­nu­a­ry for per­so­nal rea­sons, a com­pa­ny spo­kes­man said. The coun­try’s at­tor­ney-ge­ne­ral la­ter drop­ped an in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on, the con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal court ru­led in fa­vor of No­van­to, and par­li­a­ment’s ethics pa­nel has al­so clea­red him. No­van­to’s po­li­ti­cal ca­reer has con­ti­nued to flou­rish des­pi­te the scan­dal, and in May he was na­med chair­man of In­do­ne­sia’s se­cond-big­gest po­li­ti­cal par­ty, Gol­kar. The po­si­ti­on of spea­ker was set asi­de for Gol­kar be­cau­se it was pre­vious­ly the main op­po­si­ti­on par­ty, even though it has now joi­ned Pre­si­dent Jo­ko Wi­do­do’s co­a­li­ti­on. “A ple­na­ry ses­si­on to­day has de­ci­ded to ma­ke me the spea­ker of par­li­a­ment,” No­van­to said. “As a mem­ber of a po­li­ti­cal par­ty, I will ta­ke good ca­re of this man­da­te and this shall be a proof of my de­di­ca­ti­on to the na­ti­on.”

In­do­ne­sia’s ran­king in Transpa­ren­cy In­ter­na­ti­o­nal’s cor­rup­ti­on per­cep­ti­on in­dex im­pro­ved last year to 88 out of 168 na­ti­ons, but the watch­dog has pre­vious­ly ci­ted par­li­a­ment as among the most cor­rupt in­sti­tu­ti­ons in the coun­try. “(No­van­to) has not been for­mal­ly char­ged in a cor­rup­ti­on ca­se, but the pu­blic knows that he is pro­ble­ma­tic,” said Da­dang Trisasong­ko, the se­cre­ta­ry ge­ne­ral of the group’s In­do­ne­si­an of­fi­ce. “His ap­point­ment as the head of an in­sti­tu­ti­on re­flects the kind of in­sti­tu­ti­on he leads.”

(Reu­ters.com)

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