Top Cop Bid Embarasses Indonesia’s Joko…

In a huge embarrassment for Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission has named his nominee to become National Police Chief a corruption suspect even before the official could be confirmed. The KPK, as the agency is known, named Cmdr Gen. Budi Gunawan a suspect just a day before the House of Representatives was to hold a hearing to confirm him as the country’s top cop. Despite the KPK’s charge, the House promptly confirmed the general, who has become known in the Indonesian press as “Budi the Bagman,” in an apparent effort to embarrass the new president. The House is largely controlled by lawmakers nominally loyal to Prabowo Subianto, the man Joko defeated last July to take the presidency.

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