Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Shuffling Ministers

President Jokowi Widodo should not turn cabinet seats into political bargaining chips. Rumors of a cabinet reshuffle are now indicating political horse-trading. There are widespread reports that the plan to replace ministers is not based on evaluations of their performance, but on political concessions.

The plan was triggered by the National Mandate Party (PAN), which is seen as wayward. The party was awarded the position of minister for the…

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.