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Jakarta Post

More additions as Jokowi inaugurates new Cabinet members

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 23, 2020   /  09:09 pm
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President Joko Widodo announces six new ministers after the Cabinet reshuffle at the State Palace on Tuesday.(Presidential Palace/Muchlis Jr.)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated on Wednesday the six new ministers that he had named the previous day and then went on to introduce five deputy ministers to complete his first Cabinet reshuffle of his second term, in what analysts view as a bid to accommodate more allies in his political circle. Wednesday’s inauguration marked the first time the Jokowi administration assigned deputy ministerial positions to the Law and Human Rights Ministry, the Health Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry since he assumed office in 2014. These positions were last filled during the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration and were erased in an effort to make the state bureaucracy leaner. The President named Dante Saksono Harbuwono as the new deputy health minister, while the Cabinet also welcomed Harvick Hasnul Qolbi, formerly a Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) treasurer, as the new d...