Indonesian ruling party chief named graft suspect

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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 10:04 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's anti-graft commission has named the head of the country's ruling party a suspect in a corruption case and banned him from leaving the country.

The chairman of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, is accused of receiving payments in connection with the construction of a sports complex in West Java.

The Corruption Eradication Commission announced Friday it has enough evidence that Urbaningrum violated the corruption law to name him a suspect.

It is the latest blow to the party and to Yudhoyono, its founder, who ran as "Mr. Clean" in his 2009 re-election campaign.

Yudhoyono earlier relieved Urbaningrum of his party duties to allow him to focus on legal issues amid the corruption allegations.

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