ndonesian President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially introduced a transition team, the first in Indonesian history, to prepare the next government. The team will also help manage the transfer of power from outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Jokowi after his swearing-in ceremony on Oct. 20.
Led by former president director of the giant PT Astra International and minister of trade Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi, Jokowi assigned the “bridging team”, which is composed of a combination of experts and politicians tasked with devising programs to be implemented by Jokowi and his deputy Jusuf Kalla during their five-year term in office.
“Its duty is to prepare strategic affairs related to 2015 planning. This is related to the government of Pak SBY,” the Jakarta governor said, referring to Yudhoyono.
“The team will be officially active from today [Monday],” Jokowi told the media during the launch of its office, which is located in an old, predominantly white building on Jl. Situbondo, Menteng, Central Jakarta.