The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which with other parties in the Great Indonesian Coalition has supported the nomination of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan as new National Police chief, has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo immediately to inaugurate Budi after the South Jakarta District Court decided to declare the latter’s suspect status invalid.
“[Budi] has to be inaugurated, it is President Jokowi’s task to swear in Pak Budi today,” said Trimedya Panjaitan, chair of the party’s law and human rights department, on Monday.
According to Trimedya, with the court’s binding verdict, the President no longer has any reason to continue delaying Budi’s inauguration.
He said he believed the President would fulfill his promise to make a decision on the matter following the announcement of the result of the pretrial.
Judge Sarpin Rizaldi, who alone tried Budi’s pretrial petition, decided on Monday that the Corruption Eradiation Commission’s move to name Budi a graft suspect on Jan. 13 was not valid.
Separately, Setara Institute coordinator Hendardi concurred, adding that the result constituted a means to bring to an end the mounting conflict between the police and the KPK.
“The President now has no choice but to inaugurate Budi as the new police chief because the district court has annulled the KPK’s move to name Budi a graft suspect,” Hendardi said as quoted by Antara news agency.
He added, however, that the President could decide to replace Budi after the latter was sworn in.
“If the President inaugurates Budi today, it is based not on his interest to save Budi amid the KPK-police conflict but on his compliance with the law,” he argued. (rms)(++++)
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