Mon, 10 Jan 2000

A Cabinet reshuffle imminent?

Compared to (his predecessor) B.J. Habibie, President Abdurrahman Wahid has everything. He has a strong legitimacy that originates from the people because he was chosen as the result of a fair general election. He also is closely associated with a political party that has strong backing among the population. In addition he has won the support of foreign governments.

It is also true, however, that he owes a great deal to several parties -- those whose support helped him win the presidency and form his present Cabinet. Even so, there is no need for him to seek the blessings of those parties -- including Mega (Megawati), Amien (Rais), Akbar (Tandjung) and Wiranto -- should he want to reshuffle his Cabinet.

This country is already teetering on the tip of a bull's horn. This time, Abdurrahman will have to work openly. If he wants to reshuffle the Cabinet let him do so swiftly. If not, stop the speculation and the rumors and don't allow rumors to form the public's opinion.

-- Media Indonesia, Jakarta