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Why Darwin must (not) go?

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 12 2011   /  10:23 am

At the end of the second year of the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration, the Cabinet reshuffle issue is heating up again.

In fact, the criterion for ministers surviving reshuffles is now much stricter than six months ago. Performance remains the main focus, besides other factors such as the alleged involvement of ministers in corruption cases and other personal problems.

The Cabinet’s lack of quality has been there from the beginning. Remember the difficulties of ministers who proposed programs during their first 100 days in office?

These programs did not seem as if they were crafted by ministers. President might have put in a serious effort, but he was neither clear nor explicit in terms of follow-up measures. That was enough to show his lack of managerial and technical skills.

Ministers who have received a red mark from the Pres...