Reshuffle arrives, it’s the turn of the Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Agriculture

Merdeka.com – His aides and staff were in tight control that afternoon. Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the Presidential Palace, the Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi refused to be interviewed by journalists. Budi wants to attend a cabinet plenary meeting which is chaired directly by the President Jokowi.

Wearing a hat and mask, Budi walked down. Doesn’t turn around even when called. The two bodyguards spread their arms. Journalists are not allowed to approach. Since being declared cured of Covid-19 on March 14, 2020, Budi’s health has not fully recovered.

“You’re in a hurry,” said the guard.

The plenary session begins at 15.15 WIB. But Budi arrived at 2:45 pm. He’s the only closely guarded minister. Others, still greeted and joked with the media who wanted to interview.

Two Presidential Palace officials acknowledged that Budi was one of the ministers who would be replaced in the reshuffle scheduled for this week. The reason is not because of performance. But health conditions continue to decline.

This government official leaked that Jokowi plans to reshuffle the cabinet this week. Two of Budi’s replacement candidates include the former Panglima TNI, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Chairman of PAN Zulkifli Hasan. Jokowi has not yet decided who will be elected.

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung closed the news of this week’s reshuffle. Including the news that the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya resigned due to health conditions. “I’ll answer when the time comes,” said Pramono.

The Expert Staff of the Minister of Transportation, Adita Irawati, emphasized that until now, Budi Karya is still carrying out his activities as a minister. He refused to speculate about the news of the reshuffle.

Budi Karya was treated at the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital for almost a month when he was infected with Covid-19. In fact, breathing apparatus is also installed. Budi has asthma. This made the man who was born in Palembang worse, December 18, 1956.

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Secretary General of PAN Eddy Soeparno admitted that he did not know there would be a reshuffle this week. Including the name of the PAN chairman Zulkifli Hasan as a candidate for the Minister of Transportation to replace Budi Karya.

Meanwhile, Hadi Tjahjanto, after leaving the number one position in the TNI, admitted that he wanted to return to his hometown. “After retiring I rest at home, take care of my grandson who is Poor,” said Hadi at the Cilangkap TNI Headquarters, Jakarta East, Thursday (18/11).

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An official in President Jokowi’s circle said that it was not only Budi Karya that would be replaced. The position of the Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo is also being highlighted by the president. In fact, according to two palace officials, NasDem has offered the name Prananda Paloh, son of NasDem chairman Surya Paloh instead.

Secretary General of NasDem, Jhonny G Plate denied that his party offered Prananda’s name to replace Syahrul. In fact, when confirmed, Johnny’s tone rose. “You’re the President, aren’t you? Yes, if that’s what the President asks,” said Jhonny at the DPR Building.

Pranda himself was surprised about the issue of his name coming to replace Syahrul Yasin Limpo as Minister of Agriculture. According to him, NasDem is not in a position to offer the name of the minister. However, he admitted that he was ready if asked to become a cabinet minister.

“Maybe in the future it will be ready to be placed wherever it is,” said Prananda when confirmed by merdeka.com.

Syahrul Yasin Limpo admitted that he had not heard of a reshuffle this week. Including the news that he will be replaced by Prananda Paloh. However, he stressed, NasDem never proposed the name Prananda.

“I don’t know. There are no such proposals,” explained Syahrul at the Palace.

Syahrul Yasin Limpo’s name has been highlighted in the past week. This is because officials from the Ministry of Defense (Kementan) use striped uniforms with a pattern similar to NasDem. This angered Senayan politicians and political parties. Syahrul was accused of not being able to maintain the neutrality of ASN in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Later, Ministry of Agriculture officials apologized. The imposition of the uniform was considered only to honor NasDem when attending the party’s anniversary at that time. NasDem also emphasized that the uniforms worn by the Ministry of Agriculture had nothing to do with the party.

Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo

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A DPR member from NasDem said that usually if there is a code from President Jokowi for a reshuffle, then internal officials will hold a meeting. At the meeting, the name will be discussed. But according to him, until now, the code does not exist.

According to him, Prananda Paloh at the beginning of the Jokowi-Ma’ruf administration refused to enter the cabinet. Even though at that time, Jokowi wanted a minister from the millennial circle. “What Prananda is currently thinking about is how to build the party,” said the source.

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Another source, a politician from a government political party, admitted that there would be a reshuffle to accommodate PAN in the cabinet. According to him, President Jokowi has prepared three seats for PAN. One minister and two deputy ministers.

The three names are Asman Abnur, Eddy Soeparno and Zulkifli Hasan. As for the positions, namely the Minister of Transportation, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Deputy Minister, which are filled by non-political parties.

“Eddy entered the Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources,” he whispered.

PAN politician Prince Khairul Saleh did not deny or confirm the news. However, according to him, if there is really a reshuffle to accommodate PAN, he is very happy.

“But if we are appointed, we are very happy with Pak Jokowi,” he said.

The exact time of the reshuffle, only President Jokowi knows. A Palace official said the initial plan was that this week there would be a reshuffle. However, the dynamics are very high. It could be, the reshuffle will be postponed to December. Because the coalition political parties are busy proposing names to participate in the cabinet reshuffle. This makes President Jokowi need more careful consideration.

“The political parties offered names to enter (the cabinet),” said this source.

Puzzle Reshuffle

The name Mahfud MD became one of the hot topics discussed in the cabinet reshuffle plan. In fact, Mahfud MD is said to be plotted to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (MA). The position of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs is Budi Gunawan (BG).

“But Pak Mahfud refused,” said a source in Jokowi’s circle.

This source said that Kasal Admiral Yudo Margono was also offered by Jokowi to become deputy commander in chief. After being canceled as TNI Commander, Jokowi chose General Andika Perkasa.

Sources at the Palace said, “Yudo refused,” he said.

Meanwhile, Yudo, when confirmed regarding the offer for the position of Deputy Commander of the TNI, chose to refuse to comment. Instead, he questioned the source. “Sopo sing talk?” said Yudo at the Palace.

For the KSP position, this source added, Moeldoko will continue to serve as the Presidential Chief of Staff (KSP).

The performance of the Minister of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Makarim, was one of the highlights of Jokowi. Even Nadiem was once called by Jokowi to the Palace.

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A source familiar with the meeting said that Nadiem was reprimanded by Jokowi. Especially about Nadiem’s ​​trial and error policy. Jokowi does not want Nadiem to make a trial and error policy for school children. After the reprimand, Nadiem was aggressively visiting the teachers and spent the night in the area.

However, to replace Nadiem, Jokowi has not decided.

Professor of Politics at the University of Padjadjaran (Unpad), Muradi said that a cabinet reshuffle is a necessity for President Jokowi at this time.

There are at least three reasons. The first is to accommodate PAN as a new supporter in the government. The second is to accelerate performance, which some ministers consider not too able to follow the president’s rhythm. The third concerns communication and cooperation.

Muradi assessed that Jokowi needed to do some refreshment in the cabinet. One example is the position of KSP. Moeldoko, who had a conflict with the Democratic Party, Muradi assessed that it interfered with the president’s work. “That’s annoying,” he said.

Then, he highlighted the performance of the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy. But, according to him, Muhadjir can be filled again by cadres Muhammadiyah.

Furthermore, the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya who is currently sick. According to Muradi, President Jokowi will also replace him. “I’ve been sick for a long time,” he said.

Lastly, he said, what also needs to be evaluated is the position of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD. He considered Mahfud not enough to be ‘president’s person’. Because Mahfud’s character is still like an academic.

“It has not been able to accommodate many parties,” he said.

Muradi also heard the news that Hadi Tjahjanto would be accommodated in the cabinet. Muradi said, Hadi Tjahjanto is one of the reasons why there will be a reshuffle later. Hadi’s position in the cabinet lends itself to many options. He predicted that Hadi could become the Head of KSP, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, or become the Minister of Transportation.

“If, for example, Pak Jokowi wants to stay in the same rhythm, then my advice is Pak Hadi to become the Head of KSP, or the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs to replace Pak Mahfud,” he explained.

Writer team: Intan Umbari Prihatin, Genantan Kesuma, Wilfridus Setu Embu, Ahda Bayhaqi, Randy F Firdaus [rnd]

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