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Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 14:52

Indonesian president reshuffles Cabinet

By Reuters
Indonesian president reshuffles Cabinet

In this photo taken on April 23, 2015, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (center) delivers his closing statement during the closing ceremony of the Asian African Conference in Jakarta. (AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD)

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reshuffled his Cabinet as the Southeast Asia's largest economy aims to speed up subdued economic growth.

Three coordinated ministerial posts, two ministerial posts and Cabinet secretary post were reshuffled.

President Jokowi, the popular name of the president, picked up Luhut Binsar Panjaitan as coordinating minister for Politics, Law and Security, replacing Tedjo Edhy Purdjiatno; Darmin Nasution as economic chief minister, replacing Sofyan Djalil; Rizal Ramli as coordinating minister for Maritime Affairs, replacing Indroyono Soesilo.

The president appointed Thomas Trikasih Lembong as trade minister, replacing Rahmat Gobel, and Sofyan Djalil as chief of Development Planning Agency.

Pramono Anung was picked up as new cabinet secretary, replacing Andi Widjajanto.

Widodo has come under mounting pressure from his own party and the public to reshuffle his team of ministers amid signs that efforts to reverse an economic slowdown are not working.

Indonesia's gross domestic product grew at 4.67 percent in the second quarter, its slowest pace in six years. Since he took office last October, Widodo's government has passed a raft of measures aimed at boosting industry and consumption that have been criticised by investors as protectionist.

 
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