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Indonesia's Widodo replaces health minister in cabinet shakeup

Former opposition vice presidential candidate among six new members

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced a major reshuffle of his cabinet on Dec. 22, replacing six ministers as he looks to regain political momentum.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's President Joko Widodo announced on Tuesday a reshuffle of his cabinet that will see six ministers replaced, including the health minister. One of the newcomers was a vice presidential candidate the 2019 election.

Sandiaga Uno, who teamed up with the current defense minister, Prabowo Subianto, in the 2019 election and ran against Widodo, was appointed tourism minister. Uno, currently deputy chairman of the advisory council for Subianto's Gerindra Party, has a mammoth task ahead as he tries to rebuild a tourism sector ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

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