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Indonesian corruption investigation claims key political scalp

Indonesian corruption investigation claims key political scalp

Updated 7 December 2012, 22:14 AEST

The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhhoyono has accepted the resignation of a key government minister, after he was named as a suspect by the country's Corruption Eradication Commission.

Andi Malarangeng is a former presidential spokesman and member of the ruling Democratic Party's advisory board.

He's now resigned from his positions in the party including that of Sports Minister.

Mr Mallarangeng is the first minister to resign since Indonesia's powerful Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) began operating in 2003 with a mandate to crackdown on rampant graft.

 

His resignation is an embarrassment for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who won a landslide victory for a second term in 2009 on a corruption-fighting platform.

Presenter: Sen Lam

Speaker: Aristides Katoppo, chairman of the Sinar Harapan group of newspapers

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