[AIC Backgrounder No.1/2019] Kevin Evans takes a look at the make-up of the new Cabinet, and outlines some initial challenges and opportunities the Cabinet and the Government face.
Indonesia was last on the council as recently as 2017 and has done little to support its goal to promote and protect global human rights.
Despite the diametric opposition between their supporters, in reality the political difference between the two leaders is shrinking, if not disappearing altogether.
Prabowo’s appointment as defence minister raises the prospect of strained relations between Indonesia’s defence ministry (Kemhan) and Indonesian Armed Forces Headquarters.
Jokowi unveiled his new Cabinet for a second term, picking a former industry minister and retaining his finance minister and foreign minister.
Joko Widodo appointed Prabowo Subianto, opposition leader in Widodo’s first term, as defence minister in a move that stirred disappointment among human rights defenders.
“Indonesia I think is facing a very dynamic and uncertain global economy and an economic slowdown that is pressuring the whole world,” Indrawati said.
Indonesia launched an international aid agency on Friday to strengthen its regional diplomatic relations, some of which have been strained by Jakarta’s approach to the restive Papua region.
Nadiem Makarim, co-founder of Indonesia’s first startup unicorn Gojek, resigned from his company and said he will take up a cabinet post.
“Don’t let democracy be in the hands of elites,” said Jokowi. “Democracy must be held by the people.”
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo remarked that the speed of service is the key to bureaucratic reform as one of the national priorities agenda for his next term during his speech in the Indonesia Vision event last July in Bogor, West Java.