The issue of changing PDIP Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto after investigation by the Corruption Eradication Committee

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The issue of changing the Secretary General (Sekjen) of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto became one of the most popular news stories on the national channel Pace on Monday June 24 to Tuesday June 25, 2024.

Cite the report Tempo magazine edition 24 to 30 June 2024, it was stated PDIP preparing to replace Hasto from his position as Secretary General after being questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (Commission for the Eradication of Corruption) in the alleged Harun Masiku bribery case.

The pressure to replace Hasto came from outside the PDIP. Puan Maharani's volunteer group, namely Gema Perjuangan Maharani Nusantara (GMPN), asked Hasto to resign so as not to tarnish the party's image. General chairman of GMPN, Daddy Palgunadi, admitted that he had spoken to PDIP administrators.

“We provide input,” said Papa, Friday, June 21, 2024.

Meanwhile, within the party's internal sphere, plans begin to emerge to replace Hasto if he is later detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission. PDIP politician Deddy Yevri Hanteru Sitorus said there were suspicions that the palace wanted to appoint someone to replace Hasto.

“There is a term called the Palestrojan horse,” said someone close to Hasto.

Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko denied that the palace was involved in internal affairs of the PDIP. Moeldoko also dismissed allegations that there were palace maids during the KPK's investigation into Hasto.

“I don't see it in that (the direction of the Palace). There are other legal considerations that the Corruption Eradication Commission could take into account,” he said on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

As for Hasto, he suspects that the plan to replace him as secretary general is an attempt to divide the party.

3 candidates to replace Hasto

Based on findings Pacea number of PDIP politicians mentioned three names that were predicted to get the chance to replace Hasto, namely PDIP politician Andi Wijayanto, PDIP Deputy Secretary General Ahmad Basarah and chairman of the PDIP faction in the DPR Utut Adianto .

Meanwhile, Hasto believes the attempt to replace his position is a move to divide the party. He admitted that he had wanted to leave his position in 2023, but was rejected by Megawati.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has reopened the case Harun Masiku, a PDIP politician suspected of bribing a commissioner of the General Election Commission (KPU) to join the DPR through an interim replacement mechanism. Harun Masiku disappeared. The KPK accused Hasto of covering this up.

In 2020, the Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK) wants to actually arrest Hasto, who is located at the Police Science College (PTIK) complex in South Jakarta. However, at that time the PDIP was still the ruling party. Instead of being able to drag Hasto away, the KPK investigators were interrogated by a number of police officers.

Since then, the hunt for the suddenly disappeared Harun Masiku has begun to fade. Hasto was also never questioned. The 2024 elections will change the political map. President Joko Widodo, who became KPK boss after the 2019 revision of the KPK law amputated the institution's independence, crossed paths with the PDIP in the presidential elections. The Committee for the Eradication of Corruption (KPK) has also opened an investigation into Hasto.

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