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Widodo reshuffles cabinet with eye on 2019 presidential contest

Golkar Party and the military get more clout in president's inner circle

The new Indonesian Social Services Minister Idrus Marham, left, greets the country's President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Jakarta on Jan. 17.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, his third such change since taking office in October 2014, roping in senior members of his coalition and the military, in a move seen as an attempt to consolidate his support ahead of the presidential election in 2019.

Idrus Marham, secretary general of the Golkar Party, Indonesia's second-largest political party and a member of the ruling coalition, was appointed social services minister. He replaced Khofifah Indar Parawansa of the National Awakening Party, another coalition member, who is running for governor of East Java in June.

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