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Jakarta Post

PDI-P to get most seats in Cabinet, politician says

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /   03:28 pm
PDI-P to get most seats in Cabinet, politician says President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo leads a Cabinet meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta in this file photo. (State Palace/File)

Select Cabinet positions in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s new government will be distributed among ruling coalition parties according to how many seats they gained at the House of Representatives, a United Development Party (PPP) politician said on Tuesday.

According to PPP secretary-general Arsul Sani, the number of ministerial posts allocated to each political party would be proportional to the votes they secured in the 2019 legislative election. This would put the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in the lead with the most Cabinet seats, followed by the Golkar Party National Awakening Party (PKB), NasDem Party and the PPP.

The allocation excludes ministerial posts that will be filled by technocrats.

Political parties that did not make it to the legislature, he said, would also still be considered by Jokowi, given their contribution to his campaign.

“[The seats are] divided proportionally based on an agreement. This is not a zero-sum game,” Arsul said.

Vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin said recently that the President had yet to talk about the new Cabinet with members of the ruling coalition, but echoed Arsul’s statement about the allocation of ministerial posts.

“We haven't discussed names yet, but the Cabinet posts will be distributed according to the seats [parties] gained,” he said recently.

Results of the legislative election place PDI-P in the lead with 27.05 million votes or 19.33 percent of the total vote. Meanwhile, Golkar Party secured 17.229 million votes or 12.31 percent, the PKB gained 13.57 million votes or 9.69 percent, NasDem won 12.661 million votes or 9.05 percent, and PPP secured 6.32 million votes or 4.52 percent.