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Jakarta Post

Terawan tipped for ambassadorship as list of potential envoys surfaces

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 19, 2021   /  10:35 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) and then-health minister Terawan Agus Putranto speak to journalists on the COVID-19 outbreak at the State Palace in Central Jakarta, on March 2, 2020.(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Former health minister Terawan Agus Putranto, who was widely criticized as the man most responsible for Indonesia’s poor response to the COVID-19 crisis, has emerged on a list of names of potential Indonesian ambassadors due to be confirmed by lawmakers, highlighting the political horse trading involved in ambassadorial appointments.  Terawan was one of 31 names on a list of nominations that also included Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and former forestry minister M. Prakosa and the managing director of diversified conglomerate Sinar Mas, Gandi Sulistiyanto. According to the leaked list, which was circulated by sources close to the Foreign Ministry on Friday, Terawan has been nominated to serve as Indonesia’s ambassador to Spain. Other political appointees ha...