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Failed Jakarta mayor demands bribe money back JAKARTA - A disgruntled candidate who lost a race for the post of governor in the Indonesian capital has demanded that members of the city council return bribes he paid them, media reports said Saturday. Mahfudz Djaelani told reporters that 40 councilors in the 84-seat body had received a total of 200 million rupiah ($20,000) as a first installment for their votes. He had promised to pay the balance of the 2 billion rupiah ($200,000) bribe after Wednesday's council vote.
"As of 3 p.m. on election day, I was still optimistic that I would be elected as the governor," Djaelani was quoted as saying in The Jakarta Post. "But the fact is that my political rival could pay them more than me." "I deplore those councilors who make statements saying there was no money involved. They are liars!"
The incumbent governor, Sutiyoso -- who like many Indonesians uses only one name -- was re-elected with 47 votes. Sutiyoso, a former army general accused of human rights abuses, is a holdover from the regime of former dictator Suharto, who was ousted in 1998. Sutiyoso has been accused of corruption and incompetence. He was given little chance of winning until earlier this year when President Megawati Sukarnoputri unexpectedly endorsed his candidacy and ordered members of the ruling party to vote for him.
Wednesday's election provoked a massive protest, in which police used rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse almost 10,000 anti-Sutiyoso demonstrators. Djaelani appealed to the city councilors' personal integrity, hoping to persuade them to return his money. But he warned he that if the bribes were not returned, he would hold a press conference on Monday to expose them all.
Neither Djaelani nor Sutiyoso were immediately available for comment. During Suharto's regime, corruption became endemic in Indonesia. Megawati made pre-election promises to stamp out graft, but many analysts say little has changed.



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