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Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s less powerful allies hope for positions in government

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 2, 2019   /  01:22 pm
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Yusril Ihza Mahendra, head of the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin campaign legal team, waves to photographers prior to an election dispute hearing in June 2019.(JP/Donny Fernando)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has embraced varied interests from political parties by giving them positions in his administration. But at least three of his allies are still waiting for an offer from the president for strategic posts. Two days after the Cabinet's inauguration, Jokowi apologized that he could not accommodate all of his allies in the Cabinet line-up, saying that of the 304 names submitted to him, he could only choose 34 ministers and 12 deputy ministers. The current Cabinet composition excludes three members of the ruling coalition supporting Jokowi's reelection, namely the Crescent Star Party (PBB), the Hanura Party and the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI). Those three political parties have failed to obtain any seats in the House of Representatives for the 2019-2024 period as their votes were below the minimum parliamentary threshold o...