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Pandemic response given fresh start in Cabinet shake-up

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 22, 2020   /  10:25 pm
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President Joko Widodo announces six new ministers after a Cabinet reshuffle at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. Sakti Wahyu Trenggono (left), Budi Gunadi Sadikin (second left), Tri Rismaharini (third left), Sandiaga Uno (third right), Yaqut Cholil Quomas (second right) and Muhammad Lutfi (right) will be sworn in on Wednesday. (Presidential Palace/Muchlis Jr.)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first Cabinet reshuffle of his second term in office on Tuesday, bringing in six new ministers in a move that experts say reflects his intention to get the economy back on track from the pandemonium caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Managerial expertise dominated the new batch of figures that Jokowi tapped to join his Indonesia Onward Cabinet, which was announced just three days before Christmas. The new line-up is expected to give the administration a fresh start in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 650,000 people and killed 20,000-plus more since the country announced its first cases in March. Erstwhile Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto was finally given the boot after a poor showing that has for months caused widespread public concern and confusion. He is to be replaced by current Dep...