An Old-Guard Indonesian Titan Falls

The decision by Indonesia’s notorious Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, to leave President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s cabinet could well mark a major change in the country’s politics and a victory for Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the finance minister, who staged a fierce struggle to keep Bakrie from tapping government coffers to bail out his flagging empire.

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