Saturday, 22 February 2020

Minister Gobel Vacates Office as Reshuffle Looms Closer

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  • Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel. Image: TEMPO/Nita Dian

    Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel. Image: TEMPO/Nita Dian

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel is one of the names that are rumoured to be reshuffled within President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's Working Cabinet - in fact, it has been rumoured that Gobel had said his farewell to his staff earlier in the morning.

    According to Tempo's observation on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, by 10:23 local time, there were a number of Toyota Land Cruisers and Innova in the Trade Ministry's parking lot - where Gobel is known to keep an office.

    One navy blue Land Cruiser is seen packed to the rafters with personal belongings - including a portrait which is wrapped in used newspaper. "That's Mr. Gobel's portrait," said an attendant dressed in black, who were unloading several boxes into the vehicle.

    Several other objects, including a flat screen TV, were loaded into the car, registered under B 116 KO. "His room is empty now," said the man, who refused to be named.

    Several other attendants were seen scurrying about - packing boxes into the car. Once loaded, the car made its way to the exit - followed by a car registered as B 1565 RFT right behind it.