NU scholar inaugurated as President's adviser
Marguerite Afra Sapiie
The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated on Thursday Muslim scholar Yahya Cholil Staquf as a member of the Presidential Advisory Board (Wantimpres) in a ceremony at the State Palace.
Yahya, the general secretary of the supreme council of Indonesia's largest Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), was sworn in to replace the NU cleric Hasyim Muzadi, who passed away in March last year.
"I will try my best to fulfill expectations and do my duty," Yahya told journalists after his inauguration.
"Strategic input for the country must be conveyed to the President directly in accordance with the rules," he added.
Yahya previously served as spokesperson for former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid.
With his inauguration, the nine seats of the Wantimpres membership are now full. The other members are Sidarto Danusubroto, Agum Gumelar, Subagyo HS, Yusuf Kartanegara, Suharso Monoarfa, Jan Darmadi, Abdul Malik Fadjar and Sri Adiningsih. (dmr)
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