Indonesian President reshuffles cabinet hinh anh 1Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Source: AFP)

Hanoi (VNA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffled his Cabinet on January 17, the third time since he took office in 2014.

This time, he appointed retired army General Moeldoko, a former Defence Force commander, to replaced Teten Masduki as the new presidential chief of staff. Some analysts say Moeldoko could be Widodo’s running mate in the next presidential election bid, while Masduki became the president’s special aid.

Besides, Idrus Marham, Secretary General of the Golkar Party, will be the new Social Affairs Minister, replacing Khofifah Indar Parawansa who resigned to run in the gubernatorial election in East Java province slated for June.

The appointment of Marham also increased the number of Cabinet seats held by Golkar, the country's second largest party, which has announced to back Widodo as presidential candidate next year.

The Indonesian President also named Vice Marshal Yuyu Sutisna the new air force commander. Yuyu replaced Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, who was recently appointed to be the new Defence Force commander.

Most Cabinet ministers were retained in the reshuffle. Widodo restructured his Cabinet two times back in August 2015 and July 2016.-VNA