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Jakarta Post

Anis replaces Luthfi, as doubts linger over credibility

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 2 2013   /  11:24 am

Anis Matta: (JP/Jerry Adiguna)The embattled Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) appointed its secretary-general, Anis Matta, as its new leader on Friday following the resignation of chairman, Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, who is currently being held on corruption charges.

Chairman of the party’s Majelis Syuro (consultative council) Hilmi Aminuddin announced Anis’ selection at the party’s headquarters in South Jakarta after a prolonged meeting attended by party executives. Anis was picked over Hidayat Nur Wahid, who declined to take the job as he had served as party chairman before. Taufik Ridho will replace Anis as secretary-general.

Anis, who is also a House of Representatives deputy speaker, is expected to restore the party’s credibility in the wake of a corruption scandal analysts said would deal a major blow to the Islamic-based party ahead of the 2014 elections. He said he ...