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Indonesia: Yudhoyono to unveil cabinet after taking office

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Indonesian president-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to announce his cabinet immediately after his inauguration on October 20, state news agency Antara quoted Minister/State Secretary Hatta Rajasa as saying Tuesday.

"On October 20, Yudhoyono will be installed (as the country’s next president) and on October 23 he must leave for Hua Hin in Thailand. So the announcement is likely to be made before that," he said.

He said, however, Yudhoyono had yet to conduct "fit-and-proper tests" on candidates for the cabinet posts.

"The fit-and-proper tests will certainly be done in a transparent way as there will then be persons coming and leaving the president`s residence in Cikeas," he said.

Hatta said he did not know who would be chosen by Yudhoyono including whether he would be reappointed. According to him however some ministers of the present cabinet would remain in the next cabinet.

"I am not saying the majority but some will remain," he said.

Regarding the future cabinet`s structure, Hatta said it was not likely to be changed with the number of ministries or ministerial offices reaching 34.

Yudhoyono won reelection in a presidential race last July beating incumbent Vice President Jusuf Kalla and former president Megawati Soekarnoputri. He paired up with former central bank governor Boediono in the race.

Yudhoyono and Boediono will be leading the country for the next five years from 2009 to 2014.

Yudhoyono`s Democratic Party meanwhile also gained the most votes in the legislative elections in April, beating Kalla`s Golkar Party and Megawati`s Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDIP).


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