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Jakarta Post

New ministers, new demands

  • Editorial board


Jakarta   /   Wed, December 23 2020   /  01:00 am
President Joko Widodo announces six new ministers as the cabinet reshuffle at the Merdeka Palace on Tuesday, December 22. Sakti Wahyu Trenggono (L), Budi Gunadi Sadikin (2L), Tri Rismaharini (3L), Sandiaga Uno (3R), Yaqut Cholil Quomas (2R), Muhammad Lutfi (R) will be sworn in on Wednesday, December 23. (Presidential Palace/Muchlis Jr.)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, like past Javanese leaders, is so obsessed with unity that he has finally brought his former vice-presidential contender Sandiaga Uno into his Indonesia Onward Cabinet. Sandiaga’s arrival epitomizes a complete end to the rivalry that marked the 2019 presidential election. On Tuesday, Jokowi introduced Sandiaga as his new tourism and creative economy minister and five other new but old faces who will grace the rainbow Cabinet as soon as they are inaugurated on Wednesday. The other political appointees are Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini as the new social affairs minister, Muhammad Lutfi as the trade minister, Wahyu Sakti Trenggono as the fisheries and maritime affairs minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin as the health minister and Yaqut Cholil Qoumas as the religious affairs minister. Only last year Jokowi and his running mate Ma’ruf A...