President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo revealed on Thursday evening that he was still waiting for the result of probes being conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on eight new ministerial candidates. Therefore, he, along with Vice President Jusuf Kalla, had yet to announce members of their Cabinet.
He said he was being very careful in selecting ministers as he did not want to appoint ministers that had the potential to be named graft suspects by the KPK in the future.
He said he had eliminated eight ministerial candidates who had been red-flagged by the KPK from his minister list and was considering eight new candidates, the track records of which the KPK was investigating.
"As of today, the KPK has yet to finish its report," he said at the State Palace as quoted by kompas.com.
Jokowi said he could not predict when KPK would finalize its report.
On the same day, Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) chief Muhammad Yusuf said that his institution had not found any suspicious bank accounts owned by the 43 ministerial candidates proposed by Jokowi.
'No ministerial candidates have fat bank accounts,' he said. (alz)