Indonesia's Jokowi says may include new parties in next Cabinet reshuffle

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb 10, 2016.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb 10, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Wednesday (Feb 10) he may consider including members of new political parties in his Cabinet in a future reshuffle.

"It is in process," Mr Joko told Reuters in an interview at the presidential palace, adding that erstwhile opposition parties like Golkar, which is also the country's second-biggest, may be featured in a new line-up.

The ruling coalition has four major parties, all of which control seats in the cabinet.

Several former opposition parties like Golkar and the National Mandate Party (PAN) have pledged their support for the government in recent months.

Only one party, failed presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's Gerindra, remains in opposition.

Mr Joko's last reshuffle in August was aimed at boosting investor sentiment in South-east Asia's biggest economy and was seen to be largely free of political interference from his backing coalition.

Six Cabinet ministers were replaced in that reshuffle including the chief economics and trade mininsters.