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Dr Salmin Sayeed, University of Indonesia
"It is not as radical as expected"
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Rizal Ramli, co-ordinating minister for the economy
"If there are any weaknesses within the team others will be able to cover and compensate"
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Wednesday, 23 August, 2000, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Wahid names new cabinet
President Wahid and Vice-President Megawati
Wahid is handing over powers to Megawati
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid has unveiled a new slimline cabinet to tackle a myriad of problems from the country's ailing economy to separatism.

Mr Wahid named academic Rizal Ramli as the new co-ordinating minister for the economy and retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as chief political minister.

Key Cabinet Posts
CHIEF POLITICS MINISTER Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
CHIEF ECONOMIC MINISTER Rizal Ramli
FINANCE Prijadi Praptosuhardjo
FOREIGN Alwi Shihab
INTERIOR Surjadi Sudirja
DEFENCE M D Mahfud
MINES/ENERGY Purnomo Yusgiantoro
ATTORNEY GENERAL Marzuki Darusman
TRADE/INDUSTRY Luhut Pandjaitan
Under a new system they will help Mr Wahid and his deputy, Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri, take key decisions.

The shake-up is aimed at addressing complaints that Mr Wahid's government has been ineffectual, particularly in resolving separatist violence and rebuilding the economy.

However, the Indonesian currency fell in value following the naming of the new cabinet.

The rupiah had reached a three month high against the United States dollar in expectation of the reshuffle, but slumped on news of the line-up.

Analysts blamed the fall on the controversial appointment of banker Prijadi Praptosuhardjo as the new finance minister.

He was blocked from heading a state-owned bank this year after he was deemed unsuitable by regulators.

Power sharing

The current 35-member cabinet, formed following Mr Wahid's election in October, has been criticised for lack of co-operation.

Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid
Wahid: Under fire for erratic leadership
Mr Wahid's new streamlined cabinet, which will be sworn in on Saturday, has just 26 ministers.

He has also agreed to transfer some powers to Vice-President Megawati.

Under the power sharing agreement Megawati will take on the daily running of government, but report to the president.

Megawati will set government priorities, chair cabinet meetings and monitor policy implementation.

She will have the authority to summon ministers and explain government decisions to the public.

Although Megawati heads the country's most popular political party, correspondents say she has shown little inclination to get involved in dealing with Indonesia's enormous problems.

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Megawati: Out of her father's shadow
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21 Oct 99 | Asia-Pacific
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