Indonesian ruling party to hold congress following revelation of corruption among senior officials,by Abu Hanifah, 2011-07-21

JAKARTA,July 21 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian ruling political party, the Democrat Party, isscheduled to hold a two-day national congress Saturday following a high-profilecorruption allegation that implicating senior officials at the party asconfessed by the party's sacked treasurer to the media recently.

Allegationon the implication of Anas and several senior officials at the party in ahigh-profile corruption case rife in national media following the confession offormer party's treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin about it was televised nationwiderecently.

Nazaruddin,who is still at large after being declared a suspect in the corruption casethat was said masterminded by Anas, said Anas bought the votes from the party'scadres that made him seized the chairmanship in the party's congress heldNovember last year.

Nazaruddinalso said that the money used to buy the votes came from bribes provided bycontractors who were just awarded contracts to build national sport facilitiesin Bogor, West Java and dormitory building projects for the athletes contendingin the upcoming regional sport event of SEA Games scheduled in Jakarta andPalembang.

In thetestimony aired by local TV station MetroTV in the last two days, Nazaruddinsaid from his hideout that part of the money provided to buy the votes wasretrieved from the state budget funds.

Nazaruddinhas been declared a suspect by the country's anti-corruption commission forfixing all the project contracts to those contractors. He was suspected ofreceiving 13 percent of commission fee from total SEA Games athletes dormitoryproject that worth 200 billion rupiah (about 23 million U.S. dollars)

IndonesianPresident Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Democrat party's patron figure, hassummoned Anas and several party's senior officials regarding Nazaruddinconfession on Wednesday.
Butnone of them was willing to disclose the content of the meeting with thepresident who secured two maximum presidency periods with landslide votes in2004 and 2009 elections.
Discourseon possible chairmanship replacement in the upcoming congress rife in nationalmedia as an effort to save the party's image before running in 2014 elections.
Theparty would no longer nominate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he had hismaximum two presidency terms. The party has yet to find the correct figure tobe nominated as its presidential candidate in the elections.
TheDemocrat party was initially established to usher Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, aretired army general, to seize presidency.
Theparty gained massive votes in the last two elections, dominating the seats inthe parliament that assuring adequate backup to the president's policies inrunning the country.
Apolitical expert, Syamsuddin Haris, said earlier that the current high-profilecorruption scandal make the party risk losing significant votes in 2014election.
Hesaid that the corruption scandal has eroded the public's trust on PresidentYudhoyono's party that strongly voiced anti- corruption drive during theelection campaign.
Editor: Xiong Tong

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