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Indonesian president said to have picked successor to Mulyani
A senior Democrat Party (PD) politician said he was sure President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono already had the name of the person he would appoint to replace outgoing Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, reported national news agency Antara.
Anas Urbaningrum, chairman of the PD faction at the House of Representatives (DPR), said here Saturday, "I am certain the President already knows who will replace outgoing Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati."
Speaking at a discussion on Sri Mulyani`s resignation from the cabinet organised by a private radio station, Anas explained that it was President Yudhoyono`s prerogative right to pick a candidate who would replace Sri Mulyani, although other parties could also propose a name.
According to him, the Democrat Party had suggested that the president pick Sri Mulyani`s replacement not from a political party but from among professionals who had competence, honesty, and ability to maintain good political communication with parliament and political parties.
"If we are asked to name a candidate, we would say we do not have any particular name to propose because we leave it entirely to the president," Anas said.
He added that the resignation of Sri Mulyani from the cabinet as finance minister would not have a significant impact on politics.
"For certain parties, Sri Mulyani`s resignation does have some impact but not in a political sense," chairman of Democrat Party faction at the House of Representative (DPR) Anas Urbaningrum said.
He said political tension was not determined by one or two persons only but by the dynamics inside and outside the House of Representatives.
Anas was of the opinion that Sri Mulyani`s decision to resign from the cabinet to join the World Bank was because she had outstanding achievements on her record in the country, and therefore the case in Bank Century recommendation should not be questioned far and wide because her status is not a suspect nor a defendant in that matter.
"Even the Corruption Eradication Commission said there was no hindrance if Sri Mulayani would go away from Indonesia, but what we have to think about is the way how to find someone to replace her to maintain the country`s economic stability," Anas said.