No honeymoon for Jokowi

  • Indonesia
  • Wednesday, 09 Oct 2019

Big picture: While Jokowi has earned himself a reputation of being a hard working leader, it remains to be seen if he and Ma’ruf (right) can build a Cabinet that reflects that work ethic. — Reuters

JAKARTA: The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) is currently organising the inauguration ceremony for Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Elect Ma’ruf Amin.

The pair won the general election in April 2019, and are scheduled to be inaugurated on Oct 20.

Some of their supporters have asked for the time to be moved forward to Oct 19, but that request is likely to be dismissed by the MPR.

Jokowi himself has said the inauguration time is not up to him, but the MPR must follow the decision of the General Elections Commission.

Regardless, the pair will be inaugurated, and they will begin to work together as a team.

The eyes of the public are on them, awaiting their quick response to fulfil their campaign promises.

When asked about his cabinet, Jokowi replied that will be announced after the inauguration.

Jokowi’s response implies that he has no plans to go on a honeymoon with his vice-president after the inauguration, nor does he intend to slow down his busy routine.

Jokowi is known for his work ethic, often working long hours.

He even named his cabinet the Working Cabinet.

As this is Jokowi’s last term in office, some understandably expect him to slow down but this isn’t likely. We may see him work even harder and longer than before.

Those who work with and for him in the next cabinet would be expected to work as hard as him. But only time will tell if they are up for the challenge.

As noted, the first thing Jokowi is expected to do after the inauguration is to announce his cabinet.

Public reactions to the cabinet could pose a challenge to Jokowi and Ma’ruf.

Current members left out in the new cabinet would perhaps need to be given a new role.

This is important in order to ensure continuity of cooperation and unity within the team.

Jokowi needs unity, as much as the hard work of his newly appointed members of the cabinet.

Without that unity, Jokowi could find himself alone and become an easy target of antagonism.

The frequent street protests over the last five months seem to suggest that there could be more similar types of demonstrations.

This means Jokowi and Ma’ruf will not be left undisturbed. The incidents after the election, if any, indicate just that.

Truly, they don’t have the time to look at each other and absorb their new reality that they are in for the next five years.

Jokowi and Ma’ruf will need to start working as a team. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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