Indonesian President under pressure to sack Ministers for failing to stop the Bird Flu

Allegations of Corruption are mounting in Indonesia, prompting calls for removal of senior Government Ministers. The authorities have failed to curb the spread of deadly bird flu, and there is growing anger over compensation payments to Indonesia’s mud volcano victims.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s first democratically elected President, has come under increasing pressure to make changes in the wake of a slew of transport disasters in recent months that have killed several hundred people.

Yudhoyono is however unlikely to remove all ministers accused of incompetence and corruption.

He will need to balance a string of competing demands from parties crucial to his political survival, analysts said.“It is obvious that political interest will dominate (the reshuffle),” said J. Kristiadi, from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a private think tank in the capital.Yudhoyono, halfway through his five year term, needs the continued support of six parties to maintain a majority in parliament.

The President needs Golkar for his policies to pass through parliament.”

Golkar, the largest party in parliament and chaired by Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, has been leading the call for change, by replacing ministers with its own lawmakers.

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