Timing of massive TNI rotation raises questions, expert says
The Jakarta Post
Military expert Mufti Makarim said the process to rotate 85 Indonesian Military (TNI) senior officers revealed in a letter dated Dec. 4 might have started several months ago.
“It’s a long process. So, there is nothing political about this,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
However, Mufti said, the timing of the rotation of the high-ranking military officials did raise questions.
“The commander must clearly explain the reassignment so that the public will not make certain assumptions,” Mufti said, referring to TNI commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo.
It is also particularly important for Gatot to clarify the process he had taken to reassign officers who would hold strategic command positions, he went on.
“Otherwise there might be a sense that Gatot aims to put 'his people' on important posts, making it harder for Hadi to deal with them,” Mufti said.
As reported earlier, Gatot signed a letter on Monday on the reassignment of 85 senior military officers, only a few months before his retirement in March. The 85 officers comprise 46 Army officers, 28 Navy officers and 11 others from the Air Force.
The reassignment comes on the heels of the announcement of Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as Gatot's possible successor. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo submitted a letter to the House of Representatives on Monday, informing his plan for Gatot’s replacement with the Air Force Chief of Staff.
Gatot said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday that he had signed the rotation letter before he learned about Jokowi's letter. (kmt/ebf)
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