Indonesian president announces new Cabinet line-up


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a new Cabinet line-up on Wednesday that returns a reformist to the Finance Ministry and puts a former head of the military in charge of security.

Jokowi said that Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who was finance minister from 2005-2010, is returning to the role. She is currently a managing director at the World Bank.

Wiranto, a former general who was head of the military when Indonesia’s armed forces committed serious human rights abuses in East Timor, was named the minister for security, political and legal affairs.

He replaced Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, a close of ally of Jokowi, who becomes the minister for maritime issues at a time when Southeast Asian nations are at odds with China over its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.

It is the second reorganization of Jokowi’s Cabinet since the maverick politician became president in 2014, after defeating an establishment candidate in a national election.

New appointments were also announced to several economy-related ministries.

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