First Amir Sjarifuddin Cabinet

The first Amir Sjarifuddin Cabinet (Indonesian: Kabinet Amir Sjarifuddin Pertama) was the fifth Indonesian cabinet and was in office from 3 July to 11 November 1947.

First Amir Sjarifuddin Cabinet
Kabinet Amir Sjarifuddin I
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5th Cabinet of Indonesia
Indonesian Government (Executive Branch)
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Date formed3 July 1947 (1947-07-03)
Date dissolved11 November 1947 (1947-11-11)
People and organisations
Head of stateSukarno
Head of governmentAmir Sjarifuddin
No. of ministers34
Member partyPSII
Status in legislatureCoalition
PredecessorSjahrir III
SuccessorAmir Sjarifuddin II


Following the resignation of the Third Sjahrir Cabinet on 27 June 1947, President Sukarno called a meeting with the leaders of the Masyumi Party, the Indonesian National Party (PNI), the Socialist Party and the Labour Party to ask them to form a cabinet. However, the party leaders were unable to agree to Masyumi's demands for senior ministerial posts that would have enabled it to dominate the cabinet. Finally, on 3 July, agreement was reached between the PNI, the Socialist Party, the Labour Party and the Masjumi breakaway party, the Indonesian Islamic Union Party (PSII), to support Amir Sjarifuddin as prime minister.[1]


Nine of the ministers had served in the previous cabinet. The government was intended to be inclusive, with representation from all existing parties and groupings. In the absence of Masjumi, the PSII represented the Muslim bloc.[2]

Cabinet leadershipEdit

Departmental MinistersEdit

State Ministers (without portfolio)Edit

Junior MinistersEdit

  • Junior Minister of Home Affairs: Abdul Madjid Djojoadiningrat (Socialist Party)
  • Junior Minister of Foreign Affairs: Tamzil (Socialist Party)
  • First Junior Minister of Welfare : Ignatius J. Kasimo (PKRI)
  • Second Junior Minister of Welfare: Dr. A. Tjokronegoro (Socialist Party)
  • Junior Minister of Defense: Arudji Kartawinata (PSII)
  • Junior Minister of Finance: Dr. Ong Eng Djie (Socialist Party)
  • Junior Minister of Information: Sjahboedin Latif (PSII)
  • Junior Minister of Public Works: Herling Laoh (PNI)
  • Junior Minister of Health: Dr. Satrio (PBI)
  • Junior Minister of Social Affairs: Sukoso Wirjosapitro (PSII)
  • Junior Minister of Labor: Wilopo (PNI)

On 11 August 1947, Mohammad Enoch resigned and was replaced by his deputy, Herling Laoh.[3]

Cabinet reshuffleEdit

On 11 November 1947, Amir reshuffled the cabinet to allow the inclusion of the Masjumi Party. This meant that the cabinet lasted only four months and eight days.[4]


  • Finch, Susan; Lev, Daniel S. (1965). Republic of Indonesia cabinets, 1945-1965. Ithaca, N.Y.: Modern Indonesia Project, Southeast Asia Program, Dept. of Asian Studies, Cornell University.
  • Kahin, George McTurnan (1952). Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-9108-8.
  • P. N. H. Simanjuntak (2003) Kabinet-Kabinet Republik Indonesia: Dari Awal Kemerdekaan Sampai Reformasi (Cabinets of the Republic of Indonesia: From the Beginning of Independence to the Reform Era), Djambatan, Jakarta ISBN 979-428-499-8 Indonesian


  1. ^ Kahin (1952) p209
  2. ^ Simanjuntak (2003) pp. 52-54
  3. ^ Finch & Lev 1965, p. 11.
  4. ^ Simanjuntak (2003) p54