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Ministerial Candidates at Prabowo-Gibran Cabinet

Written by  Muhamad Suhartono
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Indonesian president-elect Prabowo Subianto and vice president-elect Gibran Rakabuming Raka. (Photo: RRI/Saadatuddaraen)


Following the Constitutional Court's verdict to reject all of the claims in the 2024 Presidential Election dispute, Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka are now preparing to form their cabinet team members in the government that will serve for the 2024-2029 period. Both will be inaugurated in October 2024 as Indonesian president and vice president. But before they are inaugurated, the issue of who will become ministers has become interesting. Names of candidates have been circulating on social media and at important meetings. However, one of the most important comments regarding the ministerial candidates arose from the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan. According to him, Prabowo Subianto does not need to bring "toxic" people into his cabinet.

Luhut's statement has become a byword among political elites and observers. They are guessing and looking for who the "toxic" people are. Moreover, the Nasdem Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB) will join the coalition. These two parties supported a presidential candidate with ballot number 1, Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar.


Regarding "toxic" people, it can lead anywhere, both to coalition and non-coalition supporting parties. In addition, the sense of competition to present each political party's candidate at the Prabowo-Gibran cabinet is also strong. Each political party certainly does not want to lose its position in the cabinet. However, some political parties, such as the National Mandate Party (PAN) are okay with losing their ministerial post in the cabinet, especially with the planned entry of Nasdem and PKB. According to PAN Deputy Chairperson, Viva Yoga Mauladi, his side will follow the president-elect's direction, because it is the president's prerogative right. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, one of the coalition supporters, is not worried that its seats in the upcoming cabinet will be reduced. Democratic Party Chairperson, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono said, the Democrats have confidence that the commitments will be carried out well by the supporting parties coalition led by Prabowo.


In connection with the mapping and the upcoming ministerial candidate selection, many political observers have reminded President and Vice President-elect: Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka that the formation of the cabinet is not a place for solely power sharing. Because if it is only based on power-sharing calculations, it will harm the wheels of government. Especially if the supporting political parties offer non-credible and problematic candidates, they are chosen based on something other than the meritocracy principle. So, what Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said about "toxic" people should be considered by Prabowo as the prerogative holder. Therefore, transparency, accountability, credibility, and good governance are important in selecting ministers supporting the upcoming cabinet. Moreover, the challenges ahead are more complex, where the threat of economic crisis and world economic growth is slowing down due to the Ukraine-Russia crisis, the Middle East situation, and climate change problems.

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