Dark Cloud above the Democrat Party

Indonesians are shocked by the resignation of the Sports Minister, Andi Malaranggeng, following the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) decision to label him as a suspect of a corruption case.

Andi Malaranggeng adds to the number of Democrat members facing corruption-related charges. Former treasurer of the party, Nazaruddin, was sentenced to four years and ten months in jail after he was proven guilty of taking bribes worth Rp4.6 billion from PT Duta Graha Indah (DGI), for the construction project of Southeast Asia Games Athlete Village in the Riau province. The Democrat Party¿s lawmaker, Angelina Sondakh, has also been dragged into the case, although her trial is still in progress.

The Democrat Party hit another bumpy road when the anti-graft body labelled the party’s member of board of patrons, Hartati Murdaya, as a suspect in a bribery case involving Buol Head of District, Amran Batalipu.

According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Democrat Party is gradually losing voters’ confidence due to several corruption cases involving the party’s members.

“There has been an 8.25 percent decline in its popularity rating,” said CSIS’s researcher, Philips J. Vermonte.

However, other parties have not been able to gain the support of the public.

“In fact, there has been a decline in the popularity rating not only for the Democrat Party, but for all the parties. This confirms and implies that the people¿s trust in political parties has decreased,” he said.

If the survey’s respondents are divided into three groups with regard to the government’s performance – those who are satisfied, those who believe there is no progress and those who feel there has been a decline – the satisfied group accounts for the largest number of people.

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