The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 14, 2013
 

President's son resigns from Indonesian Parliament

 
 

JAKARTA (AP) - The son of Indonesia's president has resigned from Parliament following criticism over his absence at a recent plenary session of the House.

Edhie Baskoro announced his resignation Thursday, two days after being caught on camera signing an attendance form, then skipping the plenary session of the 550-seat House.

The 32-year-old lawmaker argued he missed the session because he was busy preparing for a national meeting of the leadership of his father's ruling Democratic Party. He also is secretary-general of the party, which has been plagued by a recent series of graft scandals.

In a move to save the party, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week relieved chairman Anas Urbaningrum of his duties to allow him to focus on legal issues following corruption allegations.