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Indonesian President Joko Widodo picked an anti-corruption activist as his new chief of staff, after facing criticism over a faltering campaign against graft.
Teten Masduki, a spokesman for the presidential office and a former secretary general of Transparency International’s Indonesian branch, replaces Luhut Panjaitan in the role, an official at the state secretary ministry said on Wednesday. Masduki, 52, told reporters he only learned of the appointment less than an hour before his inauguration.
Widodo, known as Jokowi, vowed last month to strengthen government institutions to better tackle weak law enforcement. Tensions between the country’s anti-graft agency and the police have overshadowed the president’s first 10 months in office and have contributed to his falling popularity.
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