Former Sukarno Aide Says He Is Among Presidential Advisory Board Members

JANUARY 17, 2015

Jakarta. The former speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly said on Saturday that he was one of nine members who would serve on President Joko Widodo’s advisory board.

The board will not be inaugurated until Monday and no official announcement has yet been made over its exact composition. Local media have reported a leak list of names, but this could not be independently confirmed by the Jakarta Globe on Saturday.

"I received a phone call from an official of the State Secretariat asking me [to be a member of the board]. I said yes,” Sidarto Danusubroto, a former MPR assembly speaker and senior member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), told the Jakarta Globe on Saturday.

Sidarto declined to disclose the names of other members on the board, known better known by its acronym, Wantimpres.

“There are nine members and I was only told that I was one of them to be inaugurated on Monday,” said Sidarto, who was an aide to President Sukarno.

Previously, State Cabinet Andi Widjajanto said that the Board would include elements from the military, religious establishment, politicians and economists.