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Showing posts from October 21, 2004

Surprises in new Indonesia line up

source Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Posted: 8:58 PM EDT (0058 GMT) JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's new president has named a cabinet line up that includes several surprise choices, appointing professionals and several women to key posts. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named economist Jusuf Anwar, who currently works at the Asian Development Bank, as finance minister. In another unexpected move, business tycoon Aburizal Bakrie -- one of only two ministers from the country's largest party, Golkar -- has been appointed chief economy minister. Yudhoyono holds a doctorate in economics and it will be financial challenges that could prove his first major test after taking office. Indonesia is Southeast Asia's largest economy, but it has struggled in recent years with chronic unemployment and underemployment, as high as 40 percent. The line up also includes four generals which could raise some concerns that Yudhoyono -- a former general himself -- re