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Indonesia Cabinet reshuffle aimed at regaining public trust: Analysts

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (centre left) and Vice-President Ma'ruf Amin (centre right) announcing the new Cabinet members in Jakarta on Dec 22, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - In one fell swoop, Indonesian President Joko Widodo axed six ministers in a major Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday (Dec 22) which analysts said was aimed at regaining public trust and to steer the country out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministerial shake-up was long overdue and much anticipated as the country struggled with a public health crisis that has not only claimed some 20,000 lives at home, but battered the economy, South-east Asia's largest, and disrupted livelihoods.

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