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Not a dream Cabinet

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, October 24 2019   /  12:59 am

Those who had expected President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to recruit la crème de la crème for his Indonesia Onward Cabinet must be disappointed with the lineup he announced on Wednesday. Just for the record, half of the 34 ministers are politicians, five are retired from the military, one is an active police general and several have been linked to cases the Corruption Eradication Commission has been investigating.No less disturbing is the entry of the opposition Gerindra Party into the government and especially the appointment of its chairman, Prabowo Subianto, as defense minister. It is not only that Prabowo has been mired in accusations of involvement in past human rights violations and was Jokowi’s opponent in the bitterly contested April election; what matters is also the authority and the huge budget that is to go to the former Army general. As defense minister, Prabowo is part ...