Indonesian president reshuffles cabinet amid pandemic

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-22 19:02:29|Editor: huaxia

JAKARTA, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday afternoon reshuffled his cabinet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, has chosen Tri Rismaharini, the current mayor of the second largest city Surabaya, as the social affairs minister and Sandiaga Uno, a former deputy governor of Jakarta, to serve as the tourism and creative economy minister.

In the new cabinet lineup, Jokowi also appointed former banker Budi Gunadi Sadikin as the minister of health and Muslim figure Yaqut Cholil Qoumas the minister of religious affairs.

Likewise, the cabinet changes include Muhammad Lutfi, who is the current Indonesian ambassador to the United States, to lead the Trade Ministry, and Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, who is the current deputy minister of defense, to become the minister of maritime affairs and fisheries.

The president said the newly appointed ministers will be sworn in on Wednesday. Enditem