Jakarta. Fadli Zon, a deputy speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives, has been appointed to lead the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (Gopac).
Fadli, a politician from the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, was appointed by acclamation by the organization's board of directors during the 6th Gopac conference that is being held in Yogyakarta this week.
Gopac is a forum in which lawmakers from around the world join hands to eradicate corruption.
Fadli replaces Mexican legislator Ricardo Garcia Cervantes and is the first Gopac chairman from Indonesia.
“I was chosen by them [the board of directors] by acclamation and the deputies will be Paula Bertol [from Argentina] and Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu from Ghana,” Fadli told reporters late on Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
The forum, dedicated to integrity, democracy and the rule of law, was established in October 2002 after a conference attended by 170 members of parliament from all over the world.
The forum works through what it calls Global Task Forces to work on certain issues as proposed by members, including ways to combat money laundering and improve parliamentary oversight.
Fadli, who made headlines recently because of a much-debated work trip to the United States during which he appeared at a campaign rally for the controversial presidential hopeful Donald Trump together with House Speaker Setya Novanto, joined Gopac's board of directors earlier this year.
The Gerindra lawmaker also threatened to sue a prominent US-based Indonesian religious leader over the latter's criticism of the trip.