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Jakarta Post

As more parties join Cabinet, Jokowi may recruit partisan professionals

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 13, 2019   /  03:38 pm
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Democratic Party chairman and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono meets with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. (

With President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hinting that former opposition political parties may join his Cabinet, concerns have been raised about whether he will maintain his plan to incorporate professional and non-partisan individuals.  Jokowi met with chairmen of the Gerindra Party and the Democratic Party—two political parties that supported Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto in the April presidential election—last week, ahead of his second-term inauguration on Oct. 20.  While there has yet to be an official announcement about how many Cabinet seats will be allocated for the parties, if Jokowi really approves, there will be more political parties in his new Cabinet than his current one. At the moment, Jokowi’s Cabinet consists of 34 ministers, 14 of whom are representatives of six parties in the ruling coalition. The Indonesian Demo...