Sat, 24 May 2003

AMPG welcomes presidential aspirants

PADANG, West Sumatra: Seven presidential candidates from the Golkar Party will gather here to attend the Golkar Younger Generation (AMPG) Jamboree scheduled to take place between Sunday and Friday next week.

The AMPG regional board said the seven presidential aspirants were media baron Surya Paloh, Muhammadiyah chairman Syafii Maarif, former Indonesian Military chief Gen. (ret) Wiranto, businessman Aburizal Bakri, Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Yusuf Kalla, Minister of Transportation Agum Gumelar and Golkar deputy chairman Fahmi Idris.

"They will participate as instructors in the event, which will be followed by 1,500 AMPG members in the province, instead of supporters," said AMPG regional chief Hendra Irawan Rahim on Friday.

West Sumatra Governor Zainal Bakar and provincial Police Chief Brig. Gen. Adang Firman will be among the speakers at the jamboree, which is to be followed by a regional AMPG conference before closing with a mass rally next Friday. -- Antara