Indon MPs to renew bids to remove speaker

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  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2003

JAKARTA: Indonesian lawmakers say they will renew efforts to seek the removal of parliamentary speaker Akbar Tanjung after an appeals court upheld a corruption conviction against him, reports said yesterday. 

“It would be preferable if he accepts the decision and just resigns as speaker. After all, there have already been two decisions. What more does he want?” said Rodjil Ghufron, chairman of the National Awakening faction in the House of Representatives. 

He was quoted as saying this in Kompas, the country’s largest daily. 

Immediately after the Jakarta High Court on Friday upheld a three-year jail term for Akbar, 57, his lawyers announced he would appeal to the Supreme Court. He has not been detained and remains free as the appeal process continues. 

Akbar, who maintains his innocence, is a potential presidential candidate in the 2004 elections and heads the country’s second-largest political party, Golkar. 

“I think it’s time Mr Akbar Tanjung resigns as House speaker. You know this (court) decision is extremely solid and for a long time the House of Representatives has been taken hostage by his leadership,” Ahmad Farhan Hamid, chairman of the Reform faction, was quoted as saying in Kompas. – AFP  

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