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Indonesia’s Widodo appoints challenger Prabowo to Cabinet

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday appointed Prabowo Subianto, opposition leader in Widodo’s first term and sole challenger in April’s bitterly fought poll, as defence minister in a move likely to stir controversy.

Speaking at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Widodo, popularly known as Jokowo, also said former industry minister Airlangga Hartarto to head his economic team and retaining economist Sri Mulyani Indrawati as finance minister.

Nadiem Makarim, the co-founder and chief executive of Indonesia ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek was named education and culture minister.

Arifin Tasrif, a former head of the state fertiliser-maker, was named minister of energy and mineral resources.

The president’s long-term ally Luhut Pandjaitan retained his role as coordinating minister for maritime affairs, which also oversees the natural resources sector and investment. 

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