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Jokowi forms broad Indonesia coalition, bringing in rival Prabowo

Gojek founder named education minister; Indrawati keeps finance post

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, front center, stands with his newly appointed cabinet ministers before their inauguration at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo brought key opposition leaders into his new look cabinet on Wednesday, as he seeks political stability to push through difficult reforms and relocate the capital.

In his biggest move, Widodo named Prabowo Subianto, leader of the opposition Gerindra Party and his rival in April's bitterly fought presidential election, as defense minister. The former general initially said the election result was fraudulent and filed a last-minute appeal with the Constitutional Court. Protests by his supporters in Jakarta turned violent and led to several deaths.

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