President Jokowi appoints Ignasius Jonan as new Energy Minister, Arcandra deputy minister

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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President Joko Widodo, popularly called Jokowi, has appointed and installed former transportation minister Ignasius Jonan as new Energy and Mineral Resources Minister and Arcandra Tahar as Deputy Minister.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Minister post has been vacant for about two months. The position was taken care by Luhut B. Panjaitan as acting Energy and Mineral Resources Minister. Luhut is Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs.

Last night, President Joko Widodo has stated that he will pick a professional one as new energy minister, not representing a particular party. “What is certain is that the energy minister will have professional background,” he told reporters at the State Palace, when asked by reporters.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Minister post has been vacant for about two months. The position was taken care by Luhut B. Panjaitan as acting Energy and Mineral Resources Minister. Luhut is Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs.

Arcandra Tahar, who has worked in the US for over twenty years was called back by President Joko Widodo few months ago to hold position as the energy minister. However, he only held the post for few weeks as the President dismissed him, in response to public protest that he held dual passport (Indonesia and US).

Indonesia does not recognize dual citizenship. The government however last month has reinstalled Arcandra Tahar’s Indonesian citizenship status, fueling speculation that he might be reappointed to the energy minister post. (*)

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President Jokowi appoints Ignasius Jonan as new Energy Minister, Arcandra deputy minister

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