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Indonesia party leader toppled by new allegations

The head of Indonesia’s ruling Democratic Party quit this week after he was named as a graft suspect by the country’s independent anti-corruption agency.

Anas Urbaningrum in under investigation for taking illegal payments in connection with a sports complex construction project. He’s now banned from leaving the country.

The sports complex is valued at $122 million. A state auditor said up to $25 million was lost through corruption.

Urbaningrum reportedly accepted a car worth $75,000 from one of the contractors, the Washington Post said.

The current president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, pictured, is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected as a reformer but party scandals have rocked his anti-corruption campaign.

Sports minister Andi Mallarangeng is also under investigation. He’s suspected of rigging bids and approving the sports complex project without a required environmental impact statement, the Washington Post said.

Last month, Angelina Sondakh, a Democratic Party lawmaker and past winner of the Miss Indonesia pageant, was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for taking over $4 million in bribes and kickbacks from a company partly owned by former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammed Nazaruddin.

Last year, Nazaruddin was sentenced to four years in jail for corruption.

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