Intelligence chief-to-be
optimistic after health

Lieutenant General Marciano Norman, the man who President Susilo Bamabang Yudhoyono has appointed to become the new leader of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN), was in a positive mood after completing a required health check up on Tuesday.

“I have only had flu,” Marciano said after the check at Gatot Subroto Army Central Hospital on Tuesday, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

Marciano underwent a full medical check up, which included blood, heart and psychiatric tests, as part of the requirements before he taking the helm at the intelligence agency.

Marciano, born on Oct. 28, 1954 in Banjarmasin, graduated from the army academy in 1978. He has been the commander of Yudhoyono’s Presidential Security Forces since 2008. However, he declined to comment when asked about his relationship with the President.

“I will not comment before I am installed,” he said.

All the newly recruited cabinet members are scheduled to undergo medical tests on Tuesday, the results of which are scheduled to be announced Wednesday.

The President is due to publicly announce the new faces in his Cabinet at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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