Indonesia cabinet unveiled, includes president’s main rival

Indonesia cabinet unveiled, includes president’s main rival

Indonesia cabinet unveiled, includes president’s main rival

Written by Reuters

23 Oct, 2019 | 3:35 pm

Reuters – Indonesian President Joko Widodo unveiled his cabinet for a second term on Wednesday (October 23), retaining former World Bank economist Sri Mulyani Indrawati as finance minister and tapping the leader of the opposition as he seeks to push through reforms.

Prabowo Subianto, a controversial former general who was opposition leader in Widodo’s first term and sole challenger in April’s bitterly fought poll, will serve as defense minister, Widodo said.

His cabinet inclusion is controversial for many supporters of Widodo as well. Prabowo had initially refused to concede defeat in April’s vote, going to the constitutional court citing systematic fraud and abuse of power.

The CEO and co-founder of ride-sharing and payments firm Gojek as well as a former chairman of the Inter Milan soccer club were also named to the cabinet, confirming earlier reports.

The make-up of the cabinet was being closely watched to see how many technocrats – who are more likely to fall in with Widodo’s plans for boosting growth and investment – were included. In the end, around half of his cabinet of 34 ministers were technocrats with the others having ties to political parties.

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