Indonesian minister Tjahjo Kumolo passes away at 64

Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Minister Tjahjo Kumolo. Photo: Handout
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Minister Tjahjo Kumolo. Photo: Handout

Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Minister Tjahjo Kumolo passed away in Jakarta this morning at the age of 64.

Tjahjo was admitted to the Abdi Waluyo Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta in mid-June, initially for exhaustion. He was later put in intensive care due to complications from diabetes and a lung infection.

The PDI-P politician passed away at the hospital at 11:10am today.

Tjahjo was among the top officials at the party, and was appointed by Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri as its secretary general in 2010. He resigned from the post to serve as President Joko Widodo’s home affairs minister from 2014-2019, and then as his administrative and bureaucratic reforms minister when the president was re-elected in 2019.

As per the Islamic custom that the deceased be buried as soon as possible, Tjahjo will be laid down in his final resting place at the Heroes Cemetery in Kalibata, South Jakarta this afternoon.

It remains to be seen if President Jokowi’s overseas trip will be cut short so he can attend Tjahjo’s funeral.

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