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Jakarta Post

Prabowo for minister? Jokowi scrambles for final new Cabinet

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Ghina Ghaliya, Kharishar Kahfi and Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 22, 2019   /  09:09 am
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Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (left) and the party's deputy chairman, Eddhie Prabowo, arrive at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday to meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo engaged in an expected meeting with Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto a day after taking the oath for his second term, even as he was keeping silent on the highly awaited Cabinet lineup. Jokowi had said on Sunday that he would introduced his ministers on Monday morning, but instead he summoned several high-profile figures – including professionals Nadiem Makarim, Wishnutama and Erick Thohir – to the State Palace. Prabowo, who went to the State Palace on Monday afternoon along with Gerindra deputy chairman Edhy Prabowo, confirmed that Jokowi asked him to strengthen his Cabinet. “[The President] officially asked us to help him in the Cabinet and we agreed,” the two-time presidential candidate told reporters after the meeting. “He allowed me to say that he asked me to help him in the defense sector. ...