New Military chief partially cancels Gatot's major reshuffle
Marguerite Afra Sapiie
The Jakarta Post
New Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has revoked the rotations of 16 of 85 high-ranking officers ordered by former commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo earlier this month.
The cancellations were set out in a TNI commander decree letter dated Dec. 19 that has been circulating among the press and has been confirmed by TNI officials. The letter was issued more than a week after Hadi was officially inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Dec. 8.
"Yes, it's true. A few [of the rotations] have been revised according to the organization's needs," TNI spokesperson Maj. Gen. Sabrar Fadhilah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
The cancellations include the rotation of Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) commander Lt. Gen. Edy Rahmayadi, who was previously set to be assigned to the Army headquarters ahead of his planned retirement and his plan to run in the 2018 North Sumatra gubernatorial election.
His planned replacement, the Army Chief of Staff’s operation assistant Maj.Gen. Sudirman, will also remain in his current post, according to the letter.
The timing of the mass rotation ordered by Gatot has been called into question, as it came on the heels of the announcement of Hadi's sole candidacy as Gatot’s successor. (kmt/rin)
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