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Jakarta Post

NasDem at odds with Jokowi, PDI-P following Jokowi’s cabinet hint

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 17, 2019   /  03:20 pm
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President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo (left) talks with NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh during a breakfast meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta in November.(Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)

The NasDem Party, a member of the political coalition supporting President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has cast doubt on its willingess to happily accept the composition of the next Cabinet indicated by Jokowi a few days ago. Jokowi revealed on Wednesday that 55 percent of the members of his upcoming Cabinet would be non-politician professionals while the remainder would be from political parties. He also said the post of attorney general, which is currently held NasDem-affiliated Muhammad Prasetyo, would be filled with a professional rather than a party appointee. This suggests that Prasetyo would be removed from his post within the next few months. NasDem chairman Surya Paloh on Friday said it was fine if the party did not get the attorney general position in Jokowi’s second term. However, he said he was not sure that excluding political parties from the posit...