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Maritime axis vision under new TNI chief

  • Anton Aliabbas
    Anton Aliabbas

    PhD research student at the Center for International Security and Resilience

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Shrivenham   /   Mon, December 11, 2017   /  12:35 pm
Maritime axis vision under new TNI chief Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto (Presidential Office/-)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo installed Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as the new Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander on Friday to replace Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, who is retiring from military service next March. Hadi, whose nomination as the President’s sole choice for the post secured unanimous support from the House of Representatives on Thursday, is the second air chief marshal to lead the TNI after Djoko Suyanto in 20062007. Hadi’s rise to the top TNI post highlights at least three insights into the current state of Jokowi’s political movement. First, Jokowi finally followed the convention of rotating the job among the three armed forces. In 2015, Jokowi ignored the tradition by nominating Gatot, the then Army chief, as TNI Commander to replace Gen. Moeldoko, also a former Army chief. Second, the choice of Hadi confirms Jokowi’s prefe...

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