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Don't spoil TNI succession

  • Iis Gindarsah
    Iis Gindarsah

    Homeland security analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 24, 2017   /  10:55 am
Don't spoil TNI succession This file photo taken on July 8, 2015 shows Indonesian Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo (left) shaking hands with Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo after a swearing in ceremony. (Agence France -Presse/Adek Berry)

After a three-week recess, the House of Representatives has resumed its session. High-profile public issues on its agenda include the succession of top military commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, who will reach mandatory retirement age next March. Some lawmakers and activists have urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to nominate a new chief of the Indonesian Military (TNI) before the end of this year. The general idea is to provide time and space for public hearings regarding the nominee’s vision on military professionalism. The situation brings to mind the arguments of Samuel P. Huntington’s “objective civilian control.” The renowned scholar has asserted that the state should encourage “an independent military sphere,” so that “multifarious civilian groups” would not “maximize their power in military affairs” by ...

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