INTERNATIONAL: Oakes to revamp president Wahid

JAKARTA: Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has turned to British public affairs consultant Nigel Oakes to help manage his image amid a tide of unpopularity which threatens to engulf his presidency.

JAKARTA: Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has turned to

British public affairs consultant Nigel Oakes to help manage his image

amid a tide of unpopularity which threatens to engulf his

presidency.



Wahid hired Oakes, who runs Jakarta PR and public affairs shop Strategic

Communications Laboratories, on the word of his advisers.



His tasks include monitoring and evaluation of media coverage of the

Wahid administration, which has been criticised as ineffective since the

recent resumption of ethnic and separatist violence on several islands

in the Indonesian archipelago.



Oakes’ appointment comes shortly before this month’s session of the

People’s Consultative Assembly at which some members have threatened an

attempt to remove the president.



Wahid came to power nine months ago on a reformist platform after the

dissolution of president Suharto’s 30-year term in office in 1998.



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