Reality Bites Indonesia's Jokowi

The promises Indonesian President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made during the campaign for president seemed at times too good to be true, among them his insistence that his cabinet would consist of “professionals” rather than party hacks. That is why it was a sad day for legions of Jokowi backers last week when it was announced he would give up the idea of building a meritocracy at the top and would instead appoint at least 16 political party leaders to his 34-member cabinet. The ratio is about the same as in the current government.

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