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Jakarta Post

NU demand for Cabinet seats creates friction in Jokowi camp

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 4, 2019   /  06:08 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) and vice president-elect Maruf Amin meet in Jakarta last week before Jokowi's departure to Japan to attend the G20 meeting. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organization Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) request for ministerial positions in the President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin administration may create divisions in the ruling coalition. NU secretary-general Helmy Faishal Zaini said the organization had directly told Jokowi and Ma’ruf of its request for seats but had yet to receive a reply. “The green light is not on yet. It’s a yellow light for now,” Helmy told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Helmi added that the NU already had some names that it would later submit to the President, consisting of figures outside the political parties in Jokowi’s coalition. Among the political parties in the coalition is the National Awakening Party (PKB), which is regarded as the unofficial political wing of NU. NU's eyeing of Cabinet positions was ...