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Indonesia president eyes Cabinet reshuffle in coming days

CNA – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (CNA, pic below) said he may reshuffle his Cabinet in the next few days, as some political sources bet on a last major realignment of his government to complete programmes ahead of elections due to be held in 2024.

Speculation about a reshuffle has been growing since Nasdem, one of seven political parties in the ruling coalition, announced it would back former Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in the 2024 presidential election – a politician seen as a potential rival to Widodo’s successor.

Members of the president’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) party have since called for him to sack Nasdem members in the Cabinet.

When asked about an upcoming reshuffle, Widodo confirmed he was planning a Cabinet shake-up.

“Could be Friday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday,” he told reporters.

Three sources from the president’s coalition and the government said Jokowi has been considering a major Cabinet shake-up before his final term ends in 2024 to complete remaining programmes and projects.

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