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Indonesian President Reshuffles Cabinet


Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has reshuffled his Cabinet in a move aimed at improving its performance mid-way through his five-year term.

Mr. Yudhoyono announced Monday, changes to six portfolios, including the state secretary, and the ministers of transport, communications, state enterprises, justice and human rights, and acceleration of development in disadvantaged regions.

Two of the ministers being replaced, State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra and Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin, have been accused of helping Tommy Suharto, the son of former president Suharto transfer illicit money.

Mr. Yudhoyono had been under pressure to fire Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa following a series of airplane and ferry disasters that killed hundreds of people. The president instead transferred Radjasa to the post of state secretary.

President Yudhoyono also dismissed Indonesia's Attorney General Abdurahman Saleh, and replaced him with the chairman of the government's Corruption Eradication team, Hendarman Supandji.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, and AP .

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