Indonesian president Jokowi to reshuffle Cabinet: Presidential palace

The reshuffle was widely expected as some of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's ministers have requested leave of absence to stand in regional elections later this year.
The reshuffle was widely expected as some of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's ministers have requested leave of absence to stand in regional elections later this year. PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will swear in new members of Cabinet on Wednesday (Jan 17), the presidential palace said, in what will be the third reshuffle of his five-year term.

The reshuffle was widely expected as some of Joko's ministers have requested leave of absence to stand in regional elections later this year.

The palace did not confirm which Cabinet members would be replaced and by whom, but the social affairs minister is standing for election in East Java province and the industry minister was recently appointed head of the second-largest party Golkar.

Both are expected to be replaced.

Legislative and presidential elections will be held in 2019.