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No talk on the future Indonesia cabinet at Megawati's open house

Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo says the formation of the future cabinet was not discussed at the Eid al-Fitr open house at  PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri's residence on Monday.

"We did not discuss the cabinet. It was just a friendly meeting. There were more relatives and close friends of Bu Mega at the event," he said after attending the gathering in Menteng, Central Jakarta.

Tjahjo also refused to comment on recent rumors that at least three parties outside Jokowi's coalition -- the Golkar Party, the Democratic Party and the United Development Party (PPP) -- had indicated that they were prepared to abandon the coalition supporting rival ticket Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and join the Jokowi side.

"It would be more relevant if you asked them, rather than ask for an opinion on it," he said.

Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla campaign team member Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his team was waiting for the ruling of the Constitutional Court (MK) on Aug 21 on the appeal filed by the Prabowo-Hatta ticket contesting the election results.

"It would be premature to discuss the future cabinet before the MK ruling," he said.

Meanwhile, officials of the Jokowi-Kalla's coalition said they would leave the final decision on prospective ministers to Jokowi as the president-elect.

"Pak Jokowi has the mandate to decide who will be in his cabinet.

"We haven't talked about candidates yet, but maybe we will decide in the near future. We should accept the fact that joining the coalition came with no promise of power sharing,"Luhut said.

National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar also stated that there was no discussion on a cabinet at the open house. However, he said he had told Jokowi that the future Cabinet would be more effective if it were streamlined.

"We advised Pak Jokowi that it was better to have a smaller and open cabinet.

"It means there would be no division caused by any party. We have agreed that prospective ministers nominated from any party should be professional and have leadership," he said.

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