The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has submitted the names of 31 ambassador candidates to House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defense and foreign affairs.
According to a copy of the list seen by The Jakarta Post, nine of the 31 candidates have nondiplomatic backgrounds, with the majority comprising politicians and supporters of Jokowi’s 2019 presidential bid.
Former trade minister Muhammad Lutfi, who was on the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin campaign team, has been named as the ambassador candidate to the United States, while Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Heri Akhmadi is the ambassador candidate to Japan. Meanwhile, former Metro TV chief editor Suryopratomo has been touted as Indonesia’s top diplomat in Singapore.
Golkar Party politician Roem Kono is the ambassador candidate to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hildi Hamid, the former reg...