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Go-Jek CEO resigns to join Indonesian government

Nadiem Makarim set to assume new digital economy post in Jokowi cabinet

Nadiem Makarim co-founded his company in 2010, before the technology existed that has since helped to make Go-Jek into a Southeast Asian super app. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

JAKARTA -- Nadiem Makarim, founder and CEO of Indonesia's most successful internet startup Go-Jek, has resigned from his position at the superapp company to join President Joko Widodo's new cabinet.

The appointment of a tech entrepreneur to a cabinet position is a highly unusual move but follows Widodo's pledge to leverage the archipelago's digital startups to boost the country's economy. The president, who was sworn in for a second five year term on Sunday, has also said that he wants to include professionals and millennials in his government.

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