Speaker signs book of condolences at Indonesian Embassy

12 Jun 2013 07:50
WINDHOEK, 12 JUNE (NAMPA) - The Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab on Wednesday signed a book of condolences at the Indonesian Embassy here in memory of that country's Speaker of the People?s Consultative Assembly.
The late Muhamad Taufiq Kiemas, 71, died on 08 June this year in Singapore after a heart attack, and his remains were flown to Jakarta, Indonesia the following day where he was accorded a full state funeral and buried at the Kabilata Heroes' Cemetery.
In his message of condolences, Gurirab said through extended solidarity and support for Namibia?s liberation struggle, Indonesia has become a friend of the people of Namibia.
Taufiq Kiemas is survived by his wife Diah Permata Megawati Sukarnoputri Setiawati, who served as the fifth President of the Republic of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, and three children.
He became the Speaker of the People?s Consultative Assembly in 2009, a position he held until his death in June this year.
Taufiq Kiemas joined Megawati in active support of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
From 2008, he became the leader of the PDI-P?s Muslim Religious wing and Baitul Muslimin Indonesia (BMI).
The former Speaker was regarded as a youth, community and political activist.