Sudirman Said, Rizal Ramli Flushed Out in Cabinet Reshuffle?

Rizal Ramli (third from right) after he was sworn in as a new minister at the State Palace in August 2015. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Jakarta. Ahead of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo’s plan to announce his second cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday (27/07), sources have said that Energy Minister Sudirman Said and Coordinating Maritime Minister Rizal Ramli are included among those leaving the cabinet.

Word spread as Sudirman hinted at the departure on his Twitter account, @sudirmansaid, saying, “Thank God, a great job has concluded. Keep fighting for the good of others. Never get tired of loving this great nation, Indonesia. Thank you all.”

Earlier, Jokowi had summoned Sudirman to the State Palace for a meeting, though no details about it have been released by the State Palace.

Sources also suggested Coordinating Maritime Minister Rizal Ramli — who is often squabbling with Sudirman — would also be removed from his position.

Rizal had taken Indroyono Soesilo’s old post in the first cabinet reshuffle in August last year.

The coordinating minister was credited with several breakthrough moves during his term, including setting up Tanjung Priok Harbor's train access, his tip on a gas block location in South Maluku (Masela Block) and his criticism of the slow-going Freeport contract extension.

Another rumor circulating suggests former finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati may return to the cabinet.

Sources say Jokowi's preferred candidates for the new cabinet would begin arriving at the State Palace on Wednesday morning, as Jokowi will announce the reshuffle and inaugurate the new ministers ahead of a plenary cabinet meeting at 3.00 p.m.

 

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