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Jakarta Post

Big Cabinet cements power consolidation

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Ghina Ghaliya and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23 2019   /  12:23 am

Photos by JP/Seto Wardhana, JP/Donny Fernando, Antara/Wahyu PutroPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo seems to be using the formation of the Cabinet for his second term to consolidate his power by accommodating the varied interests of most political parties, including those of his former rival.Such a consolidation of power, analysts say, was aimed at ensuring the government could smoothly implement its agenda over the next five years. While the move would make the government more effective, it is feared that it would potentially weaken the country’s democracy if it lacks a checks-and-balances mechanism.The likely posture of the upcoming Cabinet was revealed publicly in the past two days when candidate ministers were summoned to the State Palace in Jakarta to talk with the President.After taking the presidential oath of office on Sunday, Jokowi spent two days inviting dozens of high profi...