Minister sacked for being US citizen
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. –