Sri Mulyani Staying, Says SBY Spokesman

By webadmin on 05:04 pm Jan 18, 2010
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Camelia Pasandaran

There is no deal to dismiss Indonesia’s finance minister, a spokesman for President Susilo Bambang Yudhono said on Monday.

“Sri
Mulyani as finance minister will not be replaced by Anggito Abimanyu,”
said Julian Pasha. “This is the official statement of
the government.”

Local media had reported that Golkar party leader
Aburizal Bakrie and President Yudhoyono had agreed on the switch during a meeting on Sunday.

“There was no meeting, and no discussion about Sri Mulyani’s position,” Julian said.

Anggito
Abimanyuis is the head of the Fiscal Policy Agency.

Sri
Mulyani has faced questioning by a special legislative committee over the controversial decision last year to bail out the failing Bank Century at a cost of about Rp. 6.7 trillion ($710 million). The rescue has been condemned by government auditors and linked
to allegations of graft involving political cronies and campaign
finance.

Both the finance minister and Vice President Boediono have argued that the
bailout was necessary to protect the stability of the financial system
at the height of the global financial crisis. Julian said a cabinet reshuffle is possible but it would not affect Sri Mulyani.

He added that he did not expect changes to the cabinet soon.

JG