JAKARTA (Reuters) – New Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about possible problems with some candidates.
Widodo, who won a closely fought July election on promises of clean government, will want to avoid the same type of corruption scandals that tainted his predecessor’s final term in office. Three of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s ministers were implicated in corruption cases.
Widodo, who took office on Monday, submitted a list of candidates to fill his cabinet of 33 ministers to two government watchdogs. The list has not been made public.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) considered some candidates on Widodo’s list “problematic” or “potentially problematic”, Zulkarnain, the KPK’s deputy chairman, was quoted as saying in the Jakarta Post newspaper on Tuesday.
When asked if he had to re-evaluate any of his nominations after the findings of the commission, Widodo told reporters, “It looks like it has to be like that.”
He declined to identify the problematic candidates.
Widodo had been expected to announce his cabinet as early as Tuesday. He has said he would have 18 technocrats and 15 political appointees in the line-up.
It was not clear when the team would be announced.
Officials from the KPK were not immediately available for comment.
It was not clear if the second anti-graft agency considering cabinet nominations, the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, also raised concerns. Centre officials were not available for comment.