Democratic Party fires fugitive lawmaker Nazaruddin

THE Democratic Party said on Monday that it revoked the party membership of fugitive lawmaker Muhammad Nazaruddin, the party member at the centre of a series of corruption scandals that has taken the country's largest party into its worst crisis.

'Yes, without a doubt, he is fired,' Amir Syamsuddin, a member of the party's ethics council, told The Jakarta Post.

Analysts, however, doubt whether the move to fire the rogue politician would salvage the party's already tarnished image.

The party has officially issued a third warning letter to Nazaruddin asking him to answer the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) summons over his alleged role in a bribery case linked to a construction project for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Nazaruddin fled to Singapore a day before the antigraft body named him as a suspect in the case, which he said also implicated other party elites, including party chairman Anas Urbaningrum. His allegations raised the ire of other party members and forced President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the party's chief patron, to clarify to the public on the scandals.

'He defied the law. He has disregarded the party's commitment to uphold the law,' the party's deputy secretary-general, Saan Mustofa, told the Jakarta Post over the phone.

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