Min­is­ter sacked for be­ing US cit­i­zen

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DONE­SIAN Pres­i­dent Joko “Jokowi” Wi­dodo sacked his en­ergy min­is­ter on Au­gust 15 just weeks af­ter fill­ing the key cabi­net post, fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions his new ap­pointee im­prop­erly held In­done­sian and United States pass­ports.

Ar­can­dra Ta­har, a for­mer oil and gas ex­ec­u­tive who lived in the US for 20 years, was dis­missed as a min­is­ter fol­low­ing days of con­tro­versy sur­round­ing his al­leged dual ci­ti­zen­ship.

In­done­sian law does not al­low for dual na­tion­al­ity. An In­done­sian must re­nounce his ci­ti­zen­ship should he take an­other pass­port.

Ques­tions about Mr Ar­can­dra’s ci­ti­zen­ship be­gan swirling at the week­end when it emerged that he pos­sessed both US and In­done­sian pass­ports.

Mr Ar­can­dra held US ci­ti­zen­ship since be­ing nat­u­ralised four years ago, but had not sur­ren­dered his In­done­sian pass­port. –

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