JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Secretary General of Golkar Party Idrus Marham has been reportedly appointed by President Joko Widodo as new Minister for Social Affairs, replacing Khofifah Indar Parawansa. Khofifah has resigned after decided to enter a race to become East Java governor in the upcoming regional election.
Idrus Marham is scheculed to be inaugurated by President Joko Widodo at the State Place at 09.00 on Wednesday (17/01). “I was just informed (about the appointment). Thanks for the support,” Idrus Marham was quoted by Tempo as saying. He said he will head to the Palace together with his wife Ridho Ekasari.
Idrus Marham, 55 years old, was born in South Sulawesi. He earned his doctorate degree at University of Gajah Mada on politics. In 1997, he was a member of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR). Through Golkar Party, he became member of the House of Representatives (DPR) for three periods, namely in 1999-2004, 2004-2009 and 2009-20014, representing South Sulawesi Province, Region III. In 2011, he resigned as member of DPR and decided to concentrate on the Golkar party affairs. (*)