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Luhut’s role as ‘prime minister’ annoyed many

  • Rendi A. Witular and Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 28 2016   /  08:29 am

“As a soldier I have no objection following any orders assigned,” was the reply Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan conveyed to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo when the latter told him of his new, less prestigious posting as coordinating maritime minister late on Tuesday.

After leaving the State Palace without posing any questions to Jokowi about his new assignment, Luhut received a call from Vice President Jusuf Kalla who told him that he had no prior knowledge of Jokowi’s plan to have him rotated.

A source with knowledge of the affair said Kalla needed to make the phone call to clear things up, as he was concerned Luhut might have suspected him of organizing a plot to have his role reduced.

Although Luhut already had personal ties to the President, as he had been his business partner since early 2000, it was not u...