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Heirs to the throne

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

| Wed, April 13 2011 | 08:00 am
Heirs to the throne

Capt. Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono: JP


Capt. Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono

Place/date of birth: Bandung, West Java, Aug. 10, 1978

Current position: Official at the Defense Ministry directorate general of defense strategy North America desk.

: Islam (moderate)


- Taruna Nusantara High School, Magelang, Central Java ( 1997 )

- Magelang Military Academy, Central Java ( 2000 )

- Masters degree in Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ( 2006 )

- Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, United States ( 2010 )

- Maneuver Captain Career Course (MCCC) at Fort Benning, United States (20-week course). The course prepares officers for company commands and posts as staff officers at battalion and brigade levels.

Marital status: Married, one child.

Notes: Known widely as the crown prince of the Yudhoyono and Wibowo (the family of First Lady Kristiani Herawati, who is the daughter of legendary Gen. Sarwo Edhie Wibowo) clans, Agus has enjoyed numerous privileges during his career in the military, including exclusions from posts in conflict areas in Indonesia. Agus is President Yudhoyono’s eldest child.



Puan Maharani: JP/Berto WedhatamaPuan Maharani: JP/Berto Wedhatama


Puan Maharani

Place/date of birth: Jakarta, Sept. 6, 1973

Current position: Head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) faction in the House of Representatives (since 2011); PDI-P political and external relations department head (2010 – 2015).

Education: Bachelor in Communication Studies from University of Indonesia (graduated in 1997).

Religion: Islam (moderate)

Marital status: Married with two children

Notes: Puan is the daughter of former president and PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri (the daughter of first president Sukarno), and has been considered the future successor of the Sukarno political dynasty.

From her first marriage, Megawati has two sons. Puan is her daughter from her third marriage with Taufiq Kiemas, now speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly.

Puan began her “official” political apprenticeship in the early 2000s as personal assistant to Megawati during her presidency. Appointed later as a party executive, Puan actively campaigned for her mother during the 2004 and 2009 presidential elections.

She secured a seat in the House of Representatives in 2009 and was recently appointed head of the PDI-P House faction. With her strategic positions both at the House and within the party, Puan represents the party in all strategic negotiations, including the latest discussions with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono over the possibility of the PDI-P joining his Democratic Party-led coalition.



Aryo Djojohadikusumo: Courtesy of Aryo DjojohadikusumoAryo Djojohadikusumo: Courtesy of Aryo Djojohadikusumo


Aryo Djojohadikusumo

Place/date of birth: Jakarta, April 25, 1983.

Current position: Head of Tunas Indonesia Raya (Tidar) (2011 – 2016), the youth wing of the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) founded by Prabowo Subianto Djojohadikusumo and his younger brother Hashim Djojohadikusumo, who is Aryo’s father. Aryo also acts as a Gerindra deputy secretary-general. In business, Aryo is PT Arsari Pratama commissioner and PT Karunia Tidar Abadi president director.

Religion: Christian Protestant

Education: The University of Durham, the UK (2001 – 2004), and the School of Oriental & African Studies, the University of London, the UK (2006-2008).

Marital status: Single

: Aryo is the eldest son of businessman Hashim. Upon returning to Indonesia in 2008, Aryo was assigned to lead Tidar during Prabowo’s vice presidential bid in the 2009 elections.

Aryo is currently considered the future chief patron of the influential Djojohadikusumo family. Aryo’s great grandfather, Margono Djojohadikusumo, was the founder of state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia, while his grandfather, Soemitro Djojohadikusumo, was the country’s economic guru during Sukarno’s era and Soeharto’s New Order.



Anindya Novyan Bakrie: JP/Ricky YudhistiraAnindya Novyan Bakrie: JP/Ricky Yudhistira


Anindya Novyan Bakrie

Place/date of birth: Jakarta, Nov. 10, 1974

Current position
: President director of PT Bakrie Telecom (since 2003); president director of PT Visi Media Asia (since 2008); Chairman of Viva Media Group; Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s (Kadin) vice chairman of organization, membership, regional empowerment and corporate governance (2010-2015); chairman of Bakrie Center Foundation (since 2010)

Religion: Islam (moderate)


- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, United States

- Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business, United States

Marital status: Married with three children

Notes: Anindya is the eldest child of businessman Aburizal Bakrie, the Golkar Party chairman and chief patron of the Bakrie family. Anindya became involved in the family business in 1999 when he was asked to help manage PT Bakrie & Brothers as deputy chief operating officer and as a director. Anindya, touted to become the future chief patron of the family, is building his credentials at home and overseas and currently has no appetite to engage in politics.

Ahmad Mumtaz Rais: GatraAhmad Mumtaz Rais: Gatra


Ahmadi Mumtaz Raiz

Place/date of birth: Yogyakarta, Sept. 17, 1983

Current position: Deputy Treasurer of the Yogyakarta branch of the National Mandate Party’s (PAN) Youth Alliance (2006-2008); Deputy Secretary of the PAN faction in the House of Representatives (since 2009), member of House’s Commission VI for trade, industry and state companies.

Religion: Islam (Muhammadiyah)

Education: Bachelor in Economics from Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (graduated in 2008)

Marital status: Single

Notes: Mumtaz is the second son of 1998 Reform movement icon and PAN founder Amien Rais. After graduating from Gadjah Mada University, Mumtaz made his way to the House of Representatives in 2009 from Central Java’s eighth district. At 27 years old, he is PAN’s youngest lawmaker.

Aside from Mumtaz, Amien’s eldest son, Hanafi Rais, recently plunged into politics by running for Yogyakarta mayor in the upcoming elections to be held in September. Hanafi showed a lesser interest in politics compared to Mumtaz when he turned down his father’s request to manage the PAN and to become legislator along with Mumtaz during the 2009 general election.



Zannuba “Yenny” Ariffah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid: JP/Ricky YudhistiraZannuba “Yenny” Ariffah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid: JP/Ricky Yudhistira


Zannuba “Yenny” Ariffah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid

Place/date of birth: Jombang, East Java, Oct. 29. 1974

Current position: Head of the National Awakening Party (PKB) splinter group. The PKB party was founded by Yenny’s father — Indonesia’s third president, the late Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid — but was taken over by Gus Dur’s nephew Muhaimin Iskandar, who is now manpower and transmigration minister. Yenni is also the director of the Wahid Institute (since 2003), a think tank engaged in pluralism and democracy issues.

Religion: Islam (Nahdlatul Ulama)

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications from Trisakti University, Jakarta; Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, United States.

Marital status: Married with one daughter

Notes: Yenny is Gus Dur’s second daughter and is currently considered one of the most prominent women in Indonesian politics.

Her political career started in 1999 when she worked as personal assistant for his father in the presidential office in charge of several duties, including managing the president’s international travel and press relations.

Yenny has said she is now preparing a political party grouping of politicians who have splintered from the PKB.


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