Until now there has been no such plan,
Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo has no immediate plans to reshuffle the Cabinet, Minister/State Secretary Pratikno has said.

“Until now there has been no such plan,” he told journalists on the Presidential Palace compounds in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Pratikno said all ministers and vice ministers are continuing to work as usual, particularly amid the possible threat of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“In essence, all ministers continue to work as usual, and so do vice ministers. So, we must stay alert for the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, particularly ahead of the Christmas and New Year 2022 holidays,” he said.

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He said all government rank and file need to take anticipatory measures to ensure that the economy continues to run and the COVID-19 pandemic can be brought under control.

“So, all stay focused on work,” he said.

Speculations on the cabinet shake-up surfaced following a meeting between the President and leaders of coalition parties at the Presidential Palace on August 25, 2021.

The presence of the chairman and secretary general of the National Mandate Party (PAN), which was later dubbed as a new friend of the Widodo coalition, at the meeting grabbed media attention and sparked speculations that PAN will soon join the Widodo-Ma’ruf government through a cabinet shake-up.

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