October 14, 2016 / 7:01 AM / 10 months ago

Indonesia's president appoints Ignasius Jonan as energy and mining minister

File picture: Ignasius Jonan speaks about the missing Trigana Air flight during a news briefing in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 16, 2015, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Sigid Kurniawan/Antara Foto/via Reuters/File Picture

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president Joko Widodo on Friday appointed former transportation minister Ignasius Jonan as energy and mining minister, the fourth person to hold the high-profile post since July.

Widodo removed Luhut Pandjaitan as acting energy and mining minister and appointed Pandjaitan's predecessor, Arcandra Tahar, as deputy minister at a press conference at the state palace.

Tahar was removed from the position of energy minister in mid-August after less than a month on the job, amid reports he held both Indonesian and U.S. citizenship.

(This story has been refiled to change dateline to Jakarta from Singapore)

Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo; Writing by Fergus Jensen and Christian Schmollinger

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