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Thursday, 9 August, 2001, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Indonesia's new cabinet
BBC News Online looks at the main figures in Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's new cabinet.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Security and Political Affairs

A widely-respected retired four-star general who was security minister under President Abdurrahman Wahid but was sacked for opposing the president's threats to declare a state of emergency in the months before he was ousted.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono: Military man
US-educated General Yudhoyono, 52, was among five candidates for the vice-presidency last month, but despite a lot of support in television opinion polls he did not make it to the final round.

It was his job to draft a reform programme for the armed forces after the fall of Suharto in 1998. He was mines and energy minister in Mr Wahid's first cabinet.

Dorojatun Kuncoro-Jakti, Economy

Dorojatun Kuncoro-Jakti, 61, is the outgoing ambassador to the United States and a respected economist.

Dorojatun Kuncoro-Yakti
Dorojatun Kuncoro-Yakti: Market friendly
For years he taught economics at the state-run University of Indonesia, though he lacks administrative experience.

However he is seen as market-friendly and someone who can help improve relations with international financial institutions. He will need to convince foreign investors to put their money in Indonesia.

He is known as a good diplomat and supports a larger role for the private sector.

Hasan Wirayuda, Foreign Affairs Minister

Hasan Wirayuda, 53, is an experienced diplomat who is currently engaged in peace talks with separatist rebels from the province of Aceh.

He was involved in the Cambodian peace process and has also helped in negotiations between the Philippine Government and a separatists rebels.

The new minister trained as a lawyer in the US and UK. His previous jobs include the post of Indonesia's permanent representative to the United Nations.

Budiono, Finance Minister

Budiono is a former economist at the central bank and was one its directors between 1997 and 1998.

Budiono
Budiono: Experienced economist
Under former President BJ Habibie he was minister of national development and chairman of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).

Analysts have not questioned his ability to take on the finance post. However, as a central bank director he was held partly responsible for a multi-million-dollar scandal over liquidity credits to banks suffering from financial difficulties following the financial crisis of 1997.

He was not accused of personal wrongdoing.

Hari Sabarno, Home Affairs Minister

Lieutenant General Hari Sabarno was one of the military leaders who openly criticised President Wahid's erratic rule and opposed his threat to declare a state of emergency.

He used to lead the military faction in parliament, and before his appointment to home affairs he was deputy speaker of the national assembly representing the military and police.

Normally the military faction remains neutral but in a special session on 23 July it voted en bloc to oust Mr Wahid appoint Megawati Sukarnoputri as president.

Rini Suwandi, Industry and Trade Minister

Rini Suwandi is a former chief executive of Indonesia's main carmaker, Astra International, where she was credited with masterminding the company's debt restructuring deal, following the regional financial crisis of the late 1990s.

She was born in the US where her father, a central bank executive, worked for the World Bank in Washington. She has an economics degree from Wellesley College in 1981 and went on to work for Citibank.

She was poached by Astra in 1989, which spotted her talents while she was supervising the car company's Citibank account.

She has no ministerial experience but was an adviser to a former finance minister.

Yusril Ihza Mahendra, Justice and Human Rights Minister

Yusril Ihza Mahendra, chairman of the Muslim-based Crescent and Star Party, has held the justice and human rights post before but was sacked by then President Wahid after he criticised his policies.

The 45-year-old has a doctorate degree in law from the University of Science in Malaysia and is a former constitutional law professor at the University of Indonesia.

He played a significant role in the process leading to the transfer of power from former President Suharto to BJ Habibie.

Agum Gumelar, Transport and Telecommunications

A four-star retired general, who took over from General Yudhoyono as security minister when he was sacked by President Wahid.

Agum Gumelar
Agum Gumelar: Missed out on deputy job
Before that he was Mr Wahid's transportation minister.

He used to head the army's powerful Special Forces Kopassus unit, but his military career hit rock bottom after he openly defended Megawati when Suharto tried to quash her party in a bloody military-backed attack in 1996.

The 56-year-old was later reconciled with the armed forces and headed the National Resilience Institute, the state's military think-tank.

He was one of five candidates in July's vote for vice-president.

A.M. Hendropriyono, Intelligence chief

This appointment has sparked condemnation from human rights groups.

The retired lieutenant general has been accused of ordering the slaughter of more than 100 unarmed civilians in southern Sumatra in 1989.

See also:

08 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
Megawati seeks to reassure markets
06 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
Megawati enters palace - at last
26 Jul 01 | Asia-Pacific
Indonesia's sacked leader quits country
24 Jul 01 | Asia-Pacific
Megawati moves to form government
23 Jul 01 | Asia-Pacific
World reaches out to Megawati
23 Jul 01 | Asia-Pacific
Indonesian military holds key to power
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