Cabinet reshuffle, Jokowi considers input

Cabinet reshuffle, Jokowi considers input
Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo continues to monitor all input related to the work performance of his Cabinet ministers, from all aspects, including political parties outside his administration, according to Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.

"[Jokowi] monitors input from society, observers and political parties, both those who support and those who do not support his administration," said Pramono as quoted by kompas.com at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.

In response to rumours circulating with regard to the Jokowi's second Cabinet reshuffle plan, in which State Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno was touted as one of ministers included, Pramono could not confirm when Jokowi would announce the second Cabinet reshuffle and said that reshuffling the Cabinet was the prerogative right of the President.

Commenting on the recent recommendation made by the House of Representatives' special committee (Pansus), currently investigating the Pelindo case, in which Jokowi was asked to dismiss Rini and state-owned port authority Pelindo II president director Richard Joost Lino from their positions, Pramono said that the President was considering the request.

Pramono said Jokowi would convey his stance after he had examined the recommendations thoroughly.

"The government will consider [the Pansus recommendation] and we will immediately convey to the public what has been decided by the President and Vice President [Jusuf Kalla]," said Pramono.

Earlier, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli signaled that Jokowi would announce a second Cabinet reshuffle before the end of the year.

"It is likely that there will be an announcement before the end of this year. Pak Jokowi will select those suitable for law and economy positions," said Rizal as quoted by Antara in his CORE Economic Outlook remarks in Jakarta on Nov.18.

The second Cabinet reshuffle is needed in order to maintain the momentum of economic improvement, Rizal emphasised, referring to the stability of the rupiah exchange rate and this year's third quarter economic growth which has grown by 4.73 per cent year-on-year.

The current economic recovery trend could not be separated from the first Cabinet reshuffle, announced on Aug.13, said Rizal.

"The people's level of confidence in the government has increased. The confidence of market players has improved as well," he said. "This confidence needs to continue in order to spur further economic growth", he explained.

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