SBY appoints 5 new ministers
in ongoing reshuffle
One down: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left), accompanied by State Secretary Sudi Silalahi, briefs reporters at the Presidential Office on Monday in regards to the resignation of Public Housing Minister Suharso Monoarfa. Suharso tendered his resignation on Monday amid the President's plan to reshuffle Cabinet. Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday summoned six figures who he will likely appoint to key government positions in the ongoing Cabinet reshuffle, the results of which are due to be officially announced on Tuesday evening.
The six were:
1. Gita Wirjawan, to become trade minister replacing Mari Elka Pangestu.
Gita is currently the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chief.
2. Amir Syamsuddin, to become the law and human rights minister, replacing Patrialis Akbar.
Amir is currently the secretary of the Democratic Party board of patrons.
3. Dahlan Iskan, to become state-owned enterprises minister, replacing Mustafa Abubakar.
Dahlan currently serves as the president director of state electricity company PT PLN.
4. Azwar Abubakar, to become the state administrative reforms minister, replacing EE Mangindaan.
Azwar is a lawmaker at the House of Representatives' Commission I overseeing information and foreign affairs, and is the former Aceh deputy governor.
5. Djan Faridz, to become the new public housing minister, replacing Suharso Monoarfa who has resigned.
Djan is a Regional Representatives Council member representing Jakarta, and is currently running for Jakarta governor.
6. Jakarta Military commander Gen. Marciano Norman, to become the head of State Intelegence Agency (BIN), replacing Gen. Sutanto.
The candidates will have to undergo medical examinations on Tuesday before being officially named new members of the Cabinet.
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