JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president has unveiled his Cabinet, a lineup heavy on members of the political party that supported him, but with technocrats in key economic roles.
Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had promised to promote professionals to top posts rather than party officials who in Indonesia have a reputation for corruption and laziness.
He took the unprecedented step of asking the country’s anti-corruption commission to vet candidates, a process that reportedly involved several being rejected at the last minute.
Bambang Brodjonegoro was named to the key post of finance minister. He is an academic who has worked in the finance ministry before.
Former state-owned enterprises minister Sofyan Djalil was named coordinating minister for economics.