31 Jan '14, 3am

#Indonesia's trade minister #Gita Wirjawan resigns to focus on #presidential campaign

#Indonesia's trade minister #Gita Wirjawan resigns to focus on #presidential campaign

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said on Friday he had resigned, effective immediately, to focus on his campaign to win the presidential nomination for the ruling Democratic Party. The U.S.-educated former investment banker is one of 10 candidates vying for presidential nomination by the party, whose fortunes have been slumping in opinion polls. “I already met the president two days ago and he accepted it,” he told reporters. State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan, a media magnate, is expected to throw his hat in the ring, forcing a small cabinet reshuffle as early as this weekend. But as the government has only a few months left in office, it is unlikely that the new ministers will be able to implement major policy changes. The general election is in April. Political parties must secure either 20 percent of the seats or 25 percent of the vote t...

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