Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP

Jokowi’s Javanese power play has Prabowo in face-off with an old army nemesis

  • President raised eyebrows by naming his rival as defence minister, but he also appointed Fachrul Razi – who dismissed Prabowo from the army 21 years ago
  • Analysts say Fachrul’s appointment as religious affairs minister reflects the security aspect of his role, as the country grapples with rising radicalism
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, front row fourth from left, and his deputy Ma'ruf Amin, fifth from left, with their new cabinet. Photo: AP

Indonesia’s Jokowi taps ex-military men for defence and religious affairs in new cabinet line-up

  • The new cabinet has over three dozen members and features a mix of politicians and individuals from the private sector
  • Among them is the president’s main election rival Prabowo Subianto, fellow ex-general Fachrul Razi and long-standing finance chief Sri Mulyani
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, front row fourth from left, and his deputy Ma'ruf Amin, fifth from left, with their new cabinet. Photo: AP
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