President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Oct. 21 began to unveil his revamped cabinet, a mix of oft-praised professionals and political appointees that analysts said would do little to increase the pace of reform. With the liberal former general having won re-election in a landslide victory in July, anticipation had been high that he would fill his cabinet with effective technocrats who could tackle persistent issues like endemic graft, crumbling infrastructure and an unreliable judicial system. Instead, the president appears to have reserved only the economic posts for technocrats, while doling out others, like the key Ministry of Law and Human Rights, to members of the handful of political parties that supported his re-election bid. (NY Times)

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