JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday (Oct 14) reappointed two former ministers back into his cabinet.
Widodo appointed former Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan as Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, and former Energy and Mineral Resources Minster Archandra Tahar as Ignasius's deputy.
Both Ignasius and Archandra were sworn in their new positions at the Istana on Friday. Ignasius was removed from his position at the Transportation Ministry during Widodo's second cabinet reshuffle in July.
The re-appointment of Ignasius as a minister was a surprise since his dismissal barely three months ago was because he was known to be at odds with the President.
On the other hand, Archandra, a US-educated oil engineer was appointed as Energy and Mineral Resources Minister in July, but he was sacked a month later after it was rumoured that he was holding dual citizenship. Archandra who had lived in the US for 20 years, allegedly had two passports from the US and from Indonesia.
Indonesian law on citizenship stipulates that an Indonesian automatically loses his citizenship when he voluntarily accepted a foreign citizenship.
Speaking to reporters after the swearing-in ceremony, Widodo stressed that his decision was based on the best men for the job.
"This is a management issue; it has nothing to do with personal or political issues," said the President. "I believe both of them are competent, even though I know they are stubborn. It's not an easy ministry, but I believe both of them can bring solutions."