Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto (left) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: Antara Foto via Reuters
Siwage Dharma Negara
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Siwage Dharma Negara

While Jokowi’s critics question his cabinet choices, the markets have responded positively

  • The Indonesian president’s decision to include his arch rival Prabowo has not impressed everyone but it shows he wants stability to push forward with his development goals
  • He’s retained old hands in key roles but has also introduced new faces, notably to oversee education, tourism and state-owned enterprises

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Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto (left) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: Antara Foto via Reuters
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Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia's finance minister. Photo: Bloomberg

Indonesia’s Jokowi keeps finance minister with rock star appeal, Sri Mulyani, in new cabinet

  • After meeting Widodo, Sri Mulyani – a no-nonsense yet charismatic former World Bank managing director – said she had agreed to stay on and ensure policies supported the president’s priorities
  • She was Indonesia’s finance minister from 2005 to 2010 under president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before resigning amid a quarrel with fellow minister and close presidential aide Aburizal Bakrie
Topic |   Indonesia

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Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia's finance minister. Photo: Bloomberg
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