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Editorial board (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta   ●  
Thu, June 16 2022

The media, social media and the public at large have made a big fuss over the Cabinet reshuffle, especially after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo summoned numerous political bigwigs Tuesday evening, only to see just two substitutions in the lineup. We cannot therefore expect the small reshuffle to generate a big impact on the country that is poised to recover stronger.

President Jokowi inaugurated Zulkifli Hasan and Hadi Tjahjanto as the new trade minister and agrarian reform and spatial planning minister respectively on Wednesday, knowing that their entry into the Cabinet would further consolidate his power and keep him from being a lame duck president. The new ministers are simply old faces who have helped Jokowi run a stable government in their own capacities.

Zulkifli chairs the National Mandate Party (PAN), which opted to support Jokowi’s rival, Prabowo Subianto, in the 2019 election for the sake of party unity but jumped ship and joined the ruling coalition after Jokowi won a second term. PAN followed in the footstep of Prabowo’s Gerindra Party, which accepted Jokowi’s offer of an olive branch in the name of national reconciliation.

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