Economist Asses President Jokowi's First 365 Days in Office



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Center of Reform on Economics (Core) research director, Piter Abdullah, noted three aspects in the first year of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second administration. In general, Abdullah’s assessment deemed that the president has failed in appointing his state ministers. 

    "Since the beginning, I think that Jokowi had failed in appointing strong and trustable figures to take positions as state-ministers,” said Piter Abdullah to Tempo on Friday, October 16. “This has weakened his Cabinet and they are unable to strongly coordinate and synergize with each other.”

    Piter argued that Widodo's failures are visible in the performance of his appointed ministers in handling the coronavirus crisis as they would often lack cohesiveness which sparked the public assessment that the government is not qualified to suppress the viral spread. 

    Another aspect he saw happening in the current administration is that President Jokowi seems to be bearing heavy burdens which have prevented him from reshuffling his Cabinet members. Piter believed many events in the country had caused the president to look weak as a state-leader, one example is his stance in facing the Corruption Eradication Commission Law amendment. 

    Lastly, Piter argued that Joko Widodo had not succeeded in building proper communication to better disseminate the job creation law which has stirred controversies in the country recently. 


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