Indonesia: Is politics a refuge for the corrupt?


Many ex-convicts have flocked the political campaign trail running for various offices in Indonesia. The General Electoral Commission has cleared many of them, who had sentences less than five years.  The constitutional court annulled the law that prohibited such. It ruled that it was against the law to prevent anyone to run for elections. While this might be the law; the fact that the political fraternity is increasingly dominated by people with criminal records is worth worry given the implications this has to the national sense of morality; and  the practicality of fighting crime in the future, especially corruption most of which largely depend on political will.

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