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Jokowi picks political, business figures as Wantimpres advisors

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, December 13, 2019   /  08:56 pm
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Members of the presidential advisory board (Wantimpres) are sworn in at the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appointed on Friday nine notable figures with political and business backgrounds, among others, as members of the presidential advisory board (Wantimpres) who will be among his closest confidantes.

Experts see the lineup as yet another consolidatory move made by Jokowi, like the way he formed his second-term Cabinet and special staff.

Speaking after the swearing-in ceremony at the State Palace on Friday, Jokowi said he had selected the advisory board members based on their proven track records, capabilities and integrity.

“I believe they have the [skills and knowledge] to advise the President, whether by request or unsolicited,” Jokowi said.

The President appointed former political, legal and security affairs minister and Hanura Party patron Wiranto to lead the board, replac...