Ex-Indonesian envoy for Japan named new trade minister

Former Ambassador to Japan Muhammad Lutfi was named as Indonesia’s new trade minister by President Joko Widodo in a Cabinet reshuffle Tuesday. The president also named five other new ministers, including two to replace ministers arrested by the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission. Lutfi, 51, who was just appointed as ambassador to the United States a couple months ago, led the embassy in Tokyo, Indonesia’s biggest, for three years from 2010 and was its youngest-ever ambassador. A graduate of Purdue University in the United States, he also held a position as trade minister in 2014 for e…

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