President Joko Widodo, at the end of a cabinet meeting at the State Palace in May. (State Palace Press Photo/Laily)
State Palace, Ministers Deny Reshuffle Announcement for Wednesday
BY :CARLOS KY PAATH & EKO PRASETYO
JULY 13, 2016
Jakarta. Presidential spokesman Johan Budi, State Secretary Minister Pratikno and Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo have all denied mounting rumours that a cabinet reshuffle announcement is expected Wednesday (13/07).
No reshuffle announcement is planned, Pratikno said, with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo only inaugurating Comr. Gen. Tito Karnavian as the next National Police chief, replacing Gen. Badrodin Haiti.
“[A reshuffle] has been thought over for a long time, but it does not need to be announced too soon. We should wait,” Pratikno said at the State Secretariat Building in Jakarta on Tuesday (12/07).
He also denied of knowing a meeting between Jokowi and National Democrats (NasDem) chairman Surya Paloh.
Jokowi had received Surya on Tuesday at the Merdeka Palace, as the NasDem chairman wished to give Idul Fitri greetings, through the side entrance of the palace not accessed by the media.
NasDem's central leadership chairman Johnny G Plate confirmed a possible reshuffle did not come up during the conversation.
A reshuffle is part of Jokowi's right as president, to ensure each minister in his cabinet works to the best of their ability, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said during a press conference on Monday.
“I am also prepared for the reshuffle. The contract is according to the president, no ministers [should] take the entire five years,” Tjahjo explained.
Presidential spokesperson Johan Budi also denied the reshuffle announcement.
“It is not true. It’s a hoax,” he said shortly.
Five ministerial posts to be replaced
Rumors are swirling that five ministers face the axe in the imminent reshuffle.
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno is expected to replace Teten Masduki as Presidential Chief of Staff, while Hendri Saparini, commissioner at telecommunication firm Telkom, will take Rini’s position.
Teten will be appointed as the Land and Spatial Planning Minister to replace Ferry Mursidan.
Meanwhile, Idrus Marham is rumored to replace Marwan Jafar as the Underdeveloped Regions and Transmigration Minister. Yuddy Chrisnandi, Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms, will be replaced by National Mandate Party (PAN) member Mulfachri Harahap.
Yuddi is set to replace businessman Sofjan Wanandi as the Vice Presidential Chief of Advisors, while National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan will be appointed as the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief to replace Sutiyoso.