TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has congratulated Ade Komarudin, a Golkar politician who was just installed as house speaker to replace Setyo Novanto, who had resigned after the Freeport scandal came to light.
"First of all, I want to congratulate Ade Komarudin who is installed as the new house speaker," Jokowi stated in a meeting of the state institutions leadership at the State Palace, Tuesday.
He expressed confidence that under Komarudins leadership, the House of Representatives (DPR) could become a trusted institution in implementing its functions as the peoples representative and a political identity.
The state institutions leadership meeting was attended by Vice President Jusuf M. Kalla, Chairman of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan, Deputy Chairman of MPR Oesman Sapta Odang, new House Speaker Ade Komarudin, Chairman of the Constitutional Court Arief Hidayat, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court Agung Suwardi, Chairman of the Judicial Commission Maradaman Harahap, and Chairman of the State Audit Agency (BPK) Harry Azhar Azis.
Among the ministers present at the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affaris Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Rizal Ramli, Coordinating Minister for Human and Cultural Development Puan Maharani, and Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly.
The president explained that the meeting was aimed at strengthening the commitment to develop Indonesia toward a better future and build synergy among state institutions.
The meeting also discussed the fundamental issues being faced by the nation.
The Steering Committee of the Indonesian DPR in a meeting recently endorsed Komarudins appointment as the new House speaker to replace Novanto.
All political parties factions in the Parliament endorsed the appointment of Komarudin, he added.
"There is a need to fill the vacancy in the DPR leadership, so that it could perform and meet the publics expectations," Jhonny G. Plate, deputy chairman of the Nasional Democrat (Nasdem) Party, said, citing the reason for the decision.
The Golkar Party, in a letter signed by its chairman, Aburizal Bakrie, and Secretary General Idrus Marham, proposed the name of Komarudin as the sole candidate to replace Novanto.