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Jakarta Post

Parties brace for possible Cabinet reshuffle

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 13 2017   /  12:18 am

Rumors about another Cabinet reshuffle have emerged amid stubborn opposition from ruling coalition parties to the government’s proposal to maintain a high presidential nomination threshold — the requirement for parties to be able to nominate a candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

The government insists that the House of Representatives keep the threshold at between 20 and 25 percent in a bill on elections that is currently being deliberated, a proposal that has received firm backing only from three of the seven parties in the government coalition — the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the NasDem Party.

The four other members of the government’s coalition, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the United Development Party (PPP), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Hanura Party, have yet to make a final decision.