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Jakarta Post

Latest Cabinet reshuffle welcomes business heavyweights, politicians

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 22, 2020   /  08:56 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced six new ministers as the Cabinet reshuffle at the State Palace on Tuesday. They will be sworn in on Wednesday.(Presidential Palace/HO)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced the names of six prominent figures set to take over existing ministerial posts in a long-rumored Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, following weeks of rampant speculation. Surabaya Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini is due to be inaugurated as social affairs minister on Wednesday, replacing Juliari Batubara of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), who was arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on graft charges related to the distribution of COVID-19 social aid earlier this month. Experts have said Risma’s political affiliation to the PDI-P made her a like-for-like replacement for Juliari. Risma has served two consecutive terms as Surabaya mayor for the 2010-2015 and 2015-2020 periods. As mayor, Risma is known for her no-nonsense and often headline-grabbing approach to numerous issues...