Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, shakes hands with Johan Budi, right, one of three newly-appointed commissioner of Indonesia's Corrruption Eradication Commision (KPK) during the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on Feb. 20, 2015. Widodo on February 18 dropped his controversial choice for national police chief and appointed new leaders to the anti-corruption agency, to try to resolve a scandal that dogged his early months in office. (AFP Photo/Cahyo Sasmito/Presidential Palace)

Retired Police General Gories and Diaz Hendropriyono Appointed as Presidential Special Staffs


JULY 11, 2016

Jakarta. Retired police general Gories Mere and Diaz Hendropriyono  were appointed as presidential special staffers, the palace's spokesman said on Sunday (10/07).

Initial reports said Gories Mere — the former chief of National Police's antiterrorism unit Densus 88 — will be sworn in as President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's special staffer for intelligence affairs.

Meanwhile, Diaz — a son of former chief of State Intelligence Agency A.M. Hendropriyono and a former member of Jokowi's campaign team in 2014 presidential election — was appointed as special staffer for social affairs.

“Yes, it is true. Both were appointed as the presidential special staffers,” presidential spokesman Johan Budi said on Sunday.

Gories and Diaz will join four existing special staffers Ari Dwipayana, a former lecture; political expert Sukardi Rinakit; Papuan activist Lenis Kogoya and Johan Budi, formerly spokesman for the nation anti-graft agency.

The inauguration of Gories and Hendropriyono is yet announced.

Joko Widodo