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Top diplomat’s job deemed secure — for now

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12 2019   /  12:45 am

Following last month’s confirmation of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection, speculation is rife that the President will overhaul his Cabinet line up with a gaggle of fresh faces for his second term in office.While the President has received suggestions aplenty for a shortlist of prospective ministers, international relations experts believe the foreign policy team led by Retno LP Marsudi will remain unchanged — unless Jokowi decides to take a different approach altogether.Criticized as a foreign policy novice at the beginning of his term, Jokowi has over the course of five years warmed to the idea of representing Indonesia on the global stage, although some officials privately say he still dislikes travelling long distances.He has focused most of his attention on building infrastructure and initiating development projects at home and has said that he will not be making significan...