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Jokowi emphasizes inflation battle over global trade in cabinet

Indonesian president appoints sixth trade minister in eight-year term

From left, former trade ministers Enggartiasto Lukita and Muhammad Lutfi, incumbent Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Nikkei montage/Reuters/AP)

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's appointment of his latest trade minister in mid-June points to growing political pressure on him ahead of the country's 2024 national elections, with his latest choice for the "lucrative" post taking place against a backdrop of rising inflation. 

Zulkifli Hasan, chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN), was sworn in on June 15 as the new trade minister, the sixth since Widodo was elected in 2014. This is after PAN, previously part of the opposition, joined the ruling coalition last year.

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