Indonesia cabinet unveiled, taps opposition and Gojek founder


FILE PHOTO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks after his inauguration and a swearing-in ceremony at the House of Representatives building in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 20, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Sigid Kurniawan/ via REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled his new cabinet for a second term, picking former industry minister Airlangga Hartarto to head his economic team and retaining economist Sri Mulyani Indrawati as finance minister.

Prabowo Subianto, opposition leader in Widodo’s first term and sole challenger in April’s bitterly fought poll, will serve as defense minister, Widodo said at the presidential palace.

The co-founder and chief executive of Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek was named education and culture minister. Arifin Tasrif, a former head of the state fertilizer maker, was named minister of energy and mineral resources.

The president’s long-term ally Luhut Pandjaitan retained his role as coordinating minister for maritime affairs, which also oversees the natural resources sector and investment.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Maikel Jefriando; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Ed Davies and Tom Hogue

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