Coalition Evaluation Not to Cause Cabinet Resuffle

A political observer from Gajah Mada University, Arie Sujito has predicted that president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s statement on a planned evaluation of parties coalition in the government will not lead to a cabinet reshuffle.

"President Yudhoyono’s statement was actually more to the bargaining over positions in the cabinet of the coalescing political parties, and this evaluation will not lead to a cabinet reshuffle, because if the reshuffle happens it will become a boomerang to Yudhoyono," he said here on Saturday.

Should the reshuffle occur, it would show that the coalition set up by Yudhoyono is very fragile and this course will be exploited by the opposition , he said. "This evaluation will only recheck the parties’ commitment to coalition, and this is something natural, because Yudhoyono feels that in the development of political journey there is coalesced party or its cadre who were opposing the president’s policy," he disclosed.

He said further that in the evaluation of each coalition party leader would certainly explain the reasons for the differences of opinion, and then sought the best solution. "So, Yudhoyono would hardly reshuffle his cabinet, because he will certainly hold the whole political parties’ commitment," he said.

Last Wednesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed his plan to evaluate the performance of his cabinet on January 20, 2010 when the first 100 days of his term would end. In his speech at the inauguration of cabinet secretary and three vice ministers he appealed to all ministers to be loyal and consistent in carrying out the contract of performance and pact of integrity they already signed.