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Big names may fall off Jokowi's Cabinet

  • Made Anthony Iswara and Ghina Ghaliya Quddus

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 11, 2019   /  10:10 am
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From left: Sofyan Djalil (JP/Jerry Adiguna), Siti Nurbaya Bakar (JP/PJ Leo), Ignasius Jonan (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama), Rini Soemarno (JP/Arief Suhardiman), Darmin Nasution (JP/Arief Suhardiman)(JP/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is believed to be planning to remove several key figures from his economic team as he works to shape his second Cabinet following his reelection in April. Speculation is rife that at least three of his ministers — Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno — would likely fail to retain their seats in the Cabinet. Masinton Pasaribu, a spokesman of Jokowi’s campaign, said he believed that the President had given a hint on which ministers would be shown the door during Monday’s Cabinet meeting. In the meeting, Jokowi reprimanded Jonan and Rini for their contribution to the US$2.14 billion trade deficit recorded between January and May. “Be careful [...] the highest rates [of rising imports] come from...