President Rules Out Reshuffle

JAKARTA ~ President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has rejected calls for a cabinet reshuffle following a string of transport disasters and corruption claims.

Yudhoyono said it was “inappropriate” for political parties to put forwards names and resumes, and send him text messages on the subject.

“I deem them to be inappropriate as the concept of reshuffle is not like that. It should be held only if the need arises,” Yudhoyono said.

“With all due respect, to all sides and political parties … they should be aware that maintaining a continuity in the government in our country is not through such ways,” he said.

Politicians and analysts have been quoted by the media as calling for changes, citing the accidents and alleged corruption as well as the poor health of some ministers.

“We have a five-year work program and we need a continuity from the cabinet and the government to implement those programs. Therefore a dismantling concept, a massive change, would of course pose a hindrance,” Yudhoyono said.

Yudhoyono came to power as the first directly elected president in 2004 and his term ends in 2009.

He made a minor reshuffle in December 2005 in which he transferred three ministers to new postings and took on board three new ministers.

A spate of airliner and ferry disasters in recent months has claimed hundreds of lives.

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