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Jakarta Post

Jokowi expands coalition with new deputy ministers

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Gisela Swaragita and Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 26, 2019   /  08:16 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the new deputy ministers in the Indonesia Onward Cabinet after the announcement on Friday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

A die-hard supporter, the treasurer of his campaign team and representatives of five political parties that backed his presidential bid — including those with no seats at the House of Representatives — are among the 12 deputy ministers named by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to assist his new Cabinet. In an apparent attempt to build a broad coalition that is widely seen as key to achieving his developmental goals, the President quadrupled the number of deputy ministers — from only three in his first term — to accommodate more political parties in his administration. Among the politically wired deputy ministers are Angela Herliani Tanoesoedibjo, the daughter of United Indonesia Party (Perindo) founder Hary Tanoesoedibjo, and Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) politician Surya Tjandra. Perindo and the PSI, which failed to get enough votes to ge...