Indonesia's president drops controversial police chief pick

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 2:39 AM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo's on Wednesday dropped his sole nomination for the post of national police chief after public outcry over the candidate's implication in a bribery scandal.

Widodo's nomination, Budi Gunawan, was named a corruption suspect by the anti-graft agency, forcing the president to delay the appointment for more than a month.

"Today, we put forward a new candidate to parliament for approval," Widodo told reporters at the presidential palace in Jakarta, adding that the new candidate was current interim police chief Badrodin Haiti.

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Widodo also suspended two top officials at the anti-corruption agency after police named them as suspects in separate cases.

(Reporting by Jakarta bureau; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Robert Birsel)