JAKARTA, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
has appointed a nine-member advisory team comprising experts and prominent
people, an official said Wednesday.
The newly-established Presidential Advisory Council, locally abbreviated as
Wantimpres, will be inaugurated next week, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi told
reporters at the Merdeka Palace.
The members include former long-serving foreign minister Ali Alatas in
charge of international affairs, noted lawyer Adnan Buyung Nasution on legal
affairs, Harvard graduate Dr. Sjahrir on economics and former environment
minister Emil Salim on environmental issues and sustainable development.
Also joining the team was Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, the younger sister of
former president Megawati, to handle political affairs.
Four other members will assist the president in the areas of agriculture,
security, religious affairs and culture.
"I want to give my contribution to the country, by ensuring that all
president's decisions are in compliance with democratic and good government
principles," Adnan Buyung Nasution said before a meeting with the president
earlier in the day.