Thu, 22 Oct 2009
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Merdeka Palace on Wednesday night (Oct 21) announced the United Indonesia cabinet line-up for 2009-2014 term of office as follows:

Names: Posts:
1. Coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs = Joko Suyanto
2. Coordinating minister for economic affairs = Hatta Radjasa
3. Coordinating minister for people`s welfare = Agung Laksono
4. Minister/state secretary minister = Sudi Silalahi
5. Home Affairs minister = Gamawan Fauzi
6. Foreign Affairs minister = Marty Natalegawa
7. Defense minister = Purnomo Yusgiantoro
8. Law and Human Rights minister = Patrialis Akbar
9. Finance minister = Sri Mulyani Indrawati
10. Energy and mineral resources minister = Darwin Zehedy Saleh
11. Industry minister = M.S. Hidayat
12. Trade minister = Marie Elka Pangestu
13. Agriculture minister = Suswono
14. Forestry minister = Zulkifli Hasan
15. Transportation minister = Fredy Numberi
16. Maritime and Fishery minister = Fadel Muhammad
17. Manpower and transmigration minister = Muhaimin Iskandar
18. Public works minister = Djoko Kirmanto
19. Health minister = Endang Rahayu Setianingsih
20. National education minister = Muhammad Nuh
21. Social Affairs minister = Salim Segaf Aljufri
22. Religious affairs minister = Suryadharma Ali
23. National Development Planning minister = Armida Alisyahbana
24. Culture and Tourism minister = Jero Wacik
25. Research and Technology minister = Suharna Surapranata
26. Cooperatives and State Enterprises minister = Sarifuddin Hasan
27. State minister for environment = Gusti Muhammad Hatta
28. State minister for women`s empowerment = Linda Agum Gumelar
29. State administrative reforms minister = EE Mangindaan
30. Development of disadvantaged regions minister = Helmy Faisal Zaini
31. State Enterprises minister = Mustafa Abubakar
32. Communications and Information minister = Tifatul Sembiring
33. Youth and Sports affairs minister = Andi Mallarangeng
34. People`s housing minister = Suharso Monoarfa

Head of National Intelligence Agency (BIN) = Sutanto
Attorney General = Hendarman Supanji
TNI chief Gen Djoko Santoso
National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri

Yudhoyono also mentioned Kuntoro Mangkusubroto as Chairman of the President Work Monitoring Unit and Development Control.

All the ministers will be installed on Thursday (Oct 22), the president added.(*)


Thu, 22 Oct 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
From http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/22/world/asia/22iht-indo.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

New Indonesian Cabinet Disappoints Reform-Minded Analysts
By PETER GELLING

JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia on Wednesday began to unveil his revamped cabinet, a mix of oft-praised professionals and political appointees that analysts said would do little to increase the pace of reform here.

With the liberal former general having won re-election in a landslide victory in July, anticipation had been high that he would fill his cabinet with effective technocrats who could tackle persistent issues like endemic graft, crumbling infrastructure and an unreliable judicial system.

Instead, the president appears to have reserved only the economic posts for technocrats, while doling out others, like the key Ministry of Law and Human Rights, to members of the handful of political parties that supported his re-election bid.

Peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections this year, together with the government’s successful handling of the economic crisis, further buttressed Indonesia’s reputation as one of the most stable Southeast Asian democracies, only a decade after the turmoil following the Asian financial crisis and the ouster of Indonesia’s longtime authoritarian ruler, Suharto.

Analysts are now looking to Mr. Yudhoyono’s second term as an opportunity to continue the reforms that began during his first.

“It was a surprise and somewhat disappointing that he made so many political accommodations this time around,” said Endy Bayuni, chief editor of The Jakarta Post, the country’s main English-language newspaper.

“The last five years have been a period of learning. The president knows where and why he fell short and he should know what he has to do to fulfill his election promises this time around.”

The president, who was inaugurated Tuesday for his second and final five-year term alongside his new vice president, Boediono, an economist, won the three-way presidential race with 60 percent of the vote. The Democrat Party, which he founded only six years ago, is now the largest in Parliament.

Mr. Yudhoyono’s reform agenda was often thwarted during his first term, when his party controlled only 7 percent of the seats in Parliament, as he attempted to hold together a wide-ranging political coalition.

“We were all hoping that this time around, the president, given his mandate, wouldn’t need to oblige so many politicians,” Mr. Bayuni said.

During his inauguration speech, the president highlighted the need for reform within the country’s fractured justice system.

“We want to create justice which is marked by a respect for nondiscrimination and equal opportunities while continuing to maintain social solidarity and protection for the weak,” Mr. Yudhoyono said.

For the crucial Ministry of Law and Human Rights, however, Mr. Yudhoyono tapped Patrialis Akbar, a career politician from the Islam-based National Mandate Party. Mr. Akbar is not known as a particularly fervent defender of human rights, and analysts fear he lacks the commitment needed to clean up the judicial system or defuse a debilitating conflict between the police and the highly regarded anti-corruption commission.

Mr. Yudhoyono also chose to retain the current attorney general, whom human rights lawyers have accused of being weak on fighting corruption at the highest levels.

Mr. Yudhoyono’s new economic team, which includes some old faces, is likely to build on the country’s improving economic condition. But his appointment of a longtime political ally, Hatta Rajasa, to the umbrella position of minister for coordinating economic affairs has raised eyebrows.

Mr. Rajasa has little financial experience and was sacked as transportation minister in 2007 following a series of deadly air crashes. Mr. Rajasa, however, delivered the National Mandate Party in the July elections.

“I don’t think he was appointed for his economic competency,” said Mohammad Qodari, an independent political analyst. “It is definitely a political appointment. Hatta has been a friend to Yudhoyono.”

Mr. Yudhoyono retained several celebrated economic reformers, including Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Trade Minister Mari Pangestu, and added Gita Wirjawan, formerly the chief of JPMorgan Chase in Jakarta, to head the country’s investment board.

To widespread surprise, the president created a new agency aimed at accelerating badly needed projects, such as infrastructure and the reform of the country’s unwieldy civil service. The president appointed Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, a former energy minister and technocrat known for getting things done quickly, to lead it.Mr. Kuntoro successfully managed billions of dollars as head of Aceh’s reconstruction agency following the devastating tsunami there in 2004.

Despite their disappointment, analysts are hopeful that Mr. Yudhoyono will still be able to use his mandate to push through reforms and retain the loyalty of his various cabinet ministers.“Above all, I think he has the potential to be more successful in the future because he has much more power than five years ago,” said Mr. Qodari. “He is supported by the strongest party. He won the election in only one round. I remain hopeful.”



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