Corruption Concerns Delay Cabinet Picks for Indonesia’s New President

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 21, 2014 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 21, 2014 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).

Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he prefers to be called, was sworn in Monday in Jakarta. However, he has yet to announce his Cabinet since Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) vetoed eight of his 43 nominations owing to their alleged involvement in graft cases and human rights violations. Corruption is a persistent concern in Indonesia and was a key issue during both the parliamentary and presidential elections this year. Writing about April’s parliamentary elections in World Politics Review, Andrew Thornley explained: The primary concern, with Indonesia’s elections and its governance in general, remains corruption, which colors elections […]

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