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Jakarta Post

Reshuffle resembles power play

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 18 2011   /  08:00 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed in Jakarta on Monday three of his close aides to strategic ministerial posts, a move analysts say is an attempt to strengthen his grip on power and secure funding ahead of the 2014 elections.

While the final face of the new reshuffled Cabinet would not be seen until Tuesday afternoon, Yudhoyono is likely to maintain if not increase the number of ministers from the Golkar Party, largely considered to be the country’s most powerful party, in his Cabinet.

Incorporating politicians from Golkar, the country’s oldest political party, would likely ensure stability for his administration’s final three years before the 2014 elections, as much of its political clout in the House of Representatives is based in its coalition with Golkar.

Yudhoyono pushed for the appointment of Amir Syamsuddin, one of his closest aides to the pos...