Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Indonesia Cabinet Reshuffle Round-up

Bisnis Indonesia quoted an executive from PDI-P, the second largest party in Indonesian parliament led by former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, saying president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono implicitly offered cabinet posts to the party in a move to level Vice Presiden Jusuf Kalla's increasing influence due to his position as chairman of Golkar Party, the largest party in Indonesia. reported few hours ago that Partai Amanat Nasional (PAN), previously led by former Assembly Speaker Amien Rais, is not asking more seats in cabinet. PAN chairman Sutrisno Bachir, a close friend of president SBY, admitted he discussed the cabinet reshuffle with the president yesterday. PAN has two cadres in cabinet. They are Hatta Rajasa (minister for transportation) and Bambang Sudibyo (education).
My source said Sutrisno was lobbying SBY to keep chief economic minister Aburizal Bakrie in cabinet.
The Jakarta Post reported that political parties supporting the administration of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday they wanted more seats in any reshuffled Cabinet -- something that is creating a headache for the President who has been facing public pressure to choose technocrats rather than politicians for key Cabinet posts.
The deputy chairman of Susilo's own Democrat Party (PD), Muhammad Mubarok, said his party was given three seats in the current Cabinet, and had asked for at least one more seat.
Secretary-general of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Annis Matta said his party would have no objection if its three members in the current Cabinet were replaced provided it obtained four seats in the reshuffled Cabinet.
"We are seeking four seats, including a strategic portfolio, to help this government improve its performance and cope with major problems in the political, security and economic fields," he said.
Golkar Party deputy chairman Burhanuddin Napitupulu said it would be reasonable and acceptable if the President give more Cabinet posts to Golkar people because of the party's crucial role in supporting his government.
Burhanuddin declined to say how many seats Golkar wanted in the reshuffled Cabinet, but a party official who requested anonymity said that the political vehicle of former president Soeharto wanted eight Cabinet posts.

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