Sukardi Rinakit, executive director of Soegeng Sarjadi Syndicate, described the reshuffle as a victory for Golkar Party.
"It's political trading.Golkar also gets the post of state minister for state enterprises.That's the office where the resources to fund the 2009 elections are," he
"The President is appeasing parties to keep his
administration stable," he
said, adding that the reshuffle did not touch on core problems as no one in the economics team was replaced. Despite attracting public ire over the Lapindo mudflow case, Coordinating Minister for the People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie's continued presence is proof that Golkar is in control, Sukardi added.
J. Kristiadi, political analyst at the Centre for Strategic International Studies
, echoed his
sentiments."There's nothing the public can expect in terms of economic improvement from it," he
said.Aburizal's stay in the cabinet, he
said, was payback for the tycoon's financial support during the 2004 presidential election.