Megawati to Carry on as PDI-P Chief for Another Five Years


JANUARY 10, 2015

Jakarta. Megawati Soekarnoputri announced her own appointment on Saturday as the chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle for another five-year term, extending her leadership of the party which she has held since 1999.

“During the party’s fourth National Working Meeting, all the participants asked me to lead the PDI-P for the upcoming period 2015-2020. With all my heart, I accept the task,” Megawati said during her speech at the party’s 42nd anniversary celebration in Jakarta.

There had been some speculation that Megawati would be appointed a member of President Joko Widodo’s nine-member Presidential Advisory Board (Wantimpres).

Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto refuted the rumours, however, saying that a political party leader would not be eligible to take a seat on the board.

Andi noted the 2006 Wantimpres Law which precluded members from holding any other official position,which included being an officer in an Indonesian political party.

“Megawati is still a political party leader so she will not become a member of the Wantimpres,” Andi said.