"The Golkar Party hereby announced that Mr Azis Syamsuddin has tendered his resignation, as the deputy speaker of DPR RI, to the Party Leadership Board and the party chairperson," Head of Legal Affairs of the Golkar Party Leadership Board Adies Kadir stated at a press conference here, Saturday.
The party's leadership board will convene soon to decide on Syamsuddin's replacement as the deputy speaker, Kadir remarked.
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He noted that party leader Airlangga Hartarto had yet to appoint a party cadre to replace Syamsuddin as the deputy speaker, though the Golkar Party's parliament members have an equal likelihood of being appointed as the new deputy speaker.
"All Golkar Party parliament members have an equal opportunity to replace him as we currently have 85 MPs representing the party in the DPR RI. The appointment would be under the discretion of the party leader," Kadir said in response to a journalist's question during the press conference.
Earlier, on Saturday morning, KPK named Azis Syamsuddin as a bribery suspect. The anti-corruption commission suspected Syamsuddin of giving a bribe of Rp3.1 billion (around US$217 thousand) to former officer of the anti-graft agency Stepanus Robin Pattuju in connection with an investigation into a corruption case in Central Lampung District.
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KPK Chairperson Firli Bahuri deplored Syamsuddin's involvement in the corruption case, as a statesman must showcase exemplary conduct to the public.
"A statesman and a member of parliament elected by the people should not commit this heinous act because we ought to demonstrate exemplary conduct to the public and remain committed to working for the best interests of the nation. We should also strive to eradicate corruption from this country as our dream is to live in a corruption-free Indonesia," Bahuri emphasized.
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