In sensational testimony over the past week in a Jakarta courtroom, the onetime Democratic Party Treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has played havoc with his former party, even drawing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono into the mess. Whatever is eventually proved as a result of Nazaruddin’s testimony, it appears almost certain to destroy the supposedly clean young leaders of the president’s party, disillusioning people who once thought the Democrats were different because their leaders emerged after the Suharto era. Now they seem to be as dirty as their elders. It also appears to finish once and for all any idea that the president was a reformer.
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