Friday, May 07, 2010

Boediono will being targeted

After successfully taming Golkar Party with the ouster of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the government could still face more blood hungry political wolves that insist to have another head to roll on.

Sri Mulyani and Vice President Boediono have been the target of attacks from politicians at the House of Representatives in the aftermath of the legislative body's investigation on the Bank Century bailout case.

During a plenary session in early March, House legislators deemed Mulyani and Boediono to be responsible for the bailout that ten folded to Rp 6.76 trillion (US$716 million) because they were the ones who authorized the bailout in November 2008, during which the vice president was still the then Bank Indonesia governor.

Speculations were then rife that Mulyani could be ousted, while Boediono could be impeached.

In the latest development, Mulyani has accepted the job offer from the World Bank and she will end her term as a minister starting in June. Many critics believe that Mulyani's removal is a political compromise between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and one of his coalition partners, the Golkar Party, whose chairman, Aburizal “Ical” Bakrie, has been known as the nemesis of Mulyani.

Golkar executive Priyo Budi Santoso denied that an agreement had taken place between Yudhoyono and Aburizal to oust Mulyani. However, he admitted that Mulyani's departure could somewhat “politically freeze” the implication of the Bank Century case on her and Boediono.

However, Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Secretary General Anis Matta said that the sentiments saying Mulyani's removal as a favorable exit strategy were wrong.

“If we take a look into the Bank Century case, the biggest responsibility is in the hands of Pak Boediono. He has more responsibility than that of Sri Mulyani,” Anis told reporters at the House in Jakarta on Friday.

Anis also disagreed with Priyo's remarks for freezing the Bank Century case politically.

“Any political implication, including the right for the legislative body to express its opinion for an impeachment, will depend heavily on the results of the supervision conducted by a House monitoring team,” he said.
Source : thejakartapost

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