JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has dismissed a recently appointed Cabinet minister for holding dual citizenship.
Arcandra Tahar, who became minister of energy and mineral resources last month, was sacked following a dispute over his citizenship.
Under Indonesian law, Cabinet ministers must hold Indonesian citizenship.
State Secretary Pratikno announced Monday that Jokowi made the decision after receiving information from various sources about Tahar's citizenship.
Pratikno, who uses one name, said the president named the current coordinating minister for maritime affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, as acting energy minister until a new one is named.
Arcandra spent more than 20 years in the U.S. and reportedly has both U.S. and Indonesian passports. He entered Indonesia using the Indonesian one when he was summoned home by Jokowi to take the post.