Indonesian President Widodo announces cabinet reshuffle

Indonesian President Widodo announces cabinet reshuffle

President Joko Widodo has announced cabinet reshuffle, his second in less than two years.

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (Jul 27) announced a cabinet reshuffle, his second reshuffle in less than two years aimed at increasing the effectiveness of his team.

World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati has been named as the country's new Finance Minister. Former Indonesian army general Wiranto will replace Luhut Pandjaitan as the Chief Security Minister; the latter now becomes Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs.

Sri Mulyani served as Finance Minister under the former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. She replaces Bambang Brodjonegoro, who now takes the post as Minister of National Development and Planning.

The Trade Ministry also has a new Minister - Enggartiasto Lukita from the Nasdem party will take on that position. Enggartiasto who has a background in real estate replaces Thomas Lembong who is now appointed as Head of Investment Coordinating Board.

Rizal Ramli who was appointed as Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs has been removed from office after just some 10 months on the job.

Widodo also rewarded political parties previously from the opposition for joining and supporting the ruling coalition. Airlangga Hartarto from the Golkar party is appointed as Industry Minister.

Asman Abnur from the National Mandate Party is appointed as Minister of Administration and Bureaucratic Reform replacing Yuddy Chrisnandi.

The new cabinet, which will be inaugurated later on Wednesday, will include at least one member of Indonesia's second-largest political party, Golkar. The reshuffle comes nearly a year after President Widodo replaced key members of his economics team.

Source: CNA/Reuters/hs/rw