Nat. Police deputy chief appointed new Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister
Marguerite Afra Sapiie
The Jakarta Post
National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin has been appointed the new Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister and inaugurated into office on Wednesday at the State Palace.
Syafruddin is replacing National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Asman Abnur, who resigned from the Cabinet on Tuesday following his party's decision to challenge President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's reelection bid in the 2019 election.
Asman, who conveyed his resignation plan to State Secretary Pratikno on Tuesday morning, met with Jokowi on Tuesday evening at Bogor Palace to tell the President about his decision to leave the cabinet.
Asman has served as Jokowi's aide for two years since he was appointed by the President to the ministerial post, replacing Hanura Party politician Yuddy Chrisnandi during the second Cabinet reshuffle in July 2016.
He entered the Cabinet following PAN's decision to join Jokowi's governing coalition in 2015. PAN was previously part of the coalition backing Prabowo-Hatta Rajasa's ticket in the 2014 presidential election.
However, PAN decided in the eleventh hour of presidential candidate pair registration last week to join the opposition Gerindra-party led coalition for the 2019 election, backing the candidacy of Prabowo and Sandiaga Uno. (swd)
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