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Yudhoyono's Legacy Tied to Corruption Commission Battle

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

DENPASAR, Indonesia -- Since the ouster in 1998 of the Suharto regime, Indonesia's process of democratization has made remarkable progress. The peaceful re-election of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono this year for a second five-year term served as the latest chapter, adding yet another layer of political stability to the country's democratic advances.

However, an extraordinary saga that sees the country's independent anti-corruption commission (KPK) locked in a battle for survival against the police and the Attorney General's Office (AGO) is an indicator of some of the difficulties the country still faces in its quest to grow into a mature democracy. The battle is highly significant for both Indonesia and Yudhoyono, for whom it could very well be a legacy-defining moment. ...

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