Indonesian sports minister resigns over corruption allegation hinh anh 1Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi (left) (Source: Getty Images)
Hanoi (VNA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on September 19 that Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi has submitted his resignation after the anti-corruption watchdog KPK named him a suspect in a bribery case.

Widodo told the press that the government will decide later whether to replace Nahrawi or have an interim minister. It was the second cabinet minister involved in the graft case.

Earlier on September 18, KPK announced that Nahrawi and an assistant at the ministry are related to a grant the Ministry of Youth and Sports had given to the National Sports Committee (KONI).

Nahrawi allegedly received a 26.5 billion rupiah (1.88 million USD) commitment fee in disbursement of the grant proposed by KONI.

The money had allegedly been used for his personal use through his personal assistant.

Representatives of the KONI are accused of giving some of the money to Nahrawi through his assistant on five occasions.

The case surfaced after the KPK launched a campaign in December 2018, confiscating 7.4 billion rupiah.

Former Minister of Social Affairs Idrus Marham was sentenced to three years in jail in April for bribery In relation to the case,.

The KPK has prosecuted hundreds of politicians, officials, and businessmen since its formation in 2002, becoming one of the country's most respected agencies./.