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Jakarta Post

Developing a creative economy

  • Risti Permani

Adelaide, South Australia   /   Tue, November 1 2011   /  08:00 am

If you check today’s headlines of major Indonesian news agencies, you are unlikely to find the term “Cabinet reshuffle” or other related terms.

The midterm shake-up, which saw 12 ministerial changes and the appointment of 13 deputy ministers, nine of them to newly created posts, seemed neither to be considered a major improvement nor regression in the current Cabinet.

Critics underlined that this new Cabinet would lack long-term perspectives, given the limited amount of time the new ministers had before the next presidential election in 2014.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s not-too-hidden agenda of placing his followers in several strategic posts, for example the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry being entrusted to former tourism minister Jero Wacik, could possibly backfire, as the public would perceive that the head of state had political interes...