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Yudhoyono Picks Five Ministers as He Continues Cabinet Shuffle

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided on at least five of the ministerial positions in his cabinet as he prepares to announce the full lineup tomorrow, the people who were chosen said.

Gita Wirjawan, head of the country’s investment coordinating board, will replace Mari Pangestu as trade minister, Wirjawan told reporters today during an unscheduled press briefing at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Pangestu has held the job since 2004, when Yudhoyono was elected to his first term. Pangestu was in meetings and unavailable for comment, her staff said.

Yudhoyono won a second five-year term with 61 percent of the vote in 2009 on pledges to boost the economy, double infrastructure spending and clean up graft. His public support fell after the former treasurer of his Democrat party was accused of corruption. Support for the president was at a record low of 46.2 percent in the latest Jakarta-based Indonesian Survey Circle poll, taken nationwide Oct. 5-10.

In June, the Corruption Eradication Commission named Muhammad Nazaruddin as a suspect in a bribery case. He is accused of accepting bribes associated with construction projects for the Southeast Asia Games to be held in November. He was arrested by Interpol in Colombia in August.

Nazaruddin said in an interview broadcast July 19 on Metro TV that he fled the country because the investigation was politically motivated.

Other Picks

Dahlan Iskan, president director of PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, was chosen to be state-owned enterprises minister, replacing Mustafa Abubakar, Iskan said at the briefing.

Djan Faridz will become housing minister, he said at the briefing. Suharso Monoarfa resigned from that position due to the personal matters, Yudhoyono said at a separate press briefing earlier today.

Azwar Abubakar becomes state apparatus empowerment minister, replacing Evert Mangindaan, and Amir Syamsuddin replaces Patrialis Akbar as law and human rights minister, Abubakar and Syamsuddin said today.

Yudhoyono also asked Marciano Norman to become head of the State Intelligence Agency, a cabinet-level position, replacing Sutanto, Norman said.

The cabinet changes are ‘on time’ to respond the domestic and global challenges on the next few years, Yudhoyono told reporters on Oct. 13.

Yudhoyono also chose 13 deputy ministers.

“The placement of deputy minister is to improve the quality of policy formulation process,” Daniel Sparringa, a presidential spokesman said on Oct. 14. “They are very necessary to generate synergies to enhance the organization in each ministry.”

*T Ministers

Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan Housing Minister Djan Faridz State Apparatus Empowerment Minister Azwar Abubakar

State Intelligence Agency Head Marciano Norman

Deputy Ministers

Foreign Affairs Wardana Health Ali Ghufron Mukti Tourism Sapta Nirwandar Education Musliar Kasim Education Wiendu Nuryanti Trade Bayu Krisnamurthi State-Owned Enterprises Mahmuddin Yasin Agriculture Rusman Heriawan State Apparatus Empowerment Eko Prasodjo Energy and Mineral Resources Widjajono

Partowidagdo Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar Law and Human Rights Denny Indrayana Finance Mahendra Siregar

To contact the reporter on this story:
Femi Adi in Jakarta at;
Agus Suhana in Jakarta at

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Greg Ahlstrand at

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