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Jakarta Post

Insight: Why do retired officers run for local office?

  • Evan A. Laksmana
    Evan A. Laksmana

    Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Seattle   /   Thu, March 15, 2018   /  10:35 am
Insight: Why do retired officers run for local office? Lt. Gen. Edy Rahmayadi leads a ceremony to commemorate the 72th anniversary of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in Banten province on Oct. 5, 2017. At that time, he was the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) chief. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesia is set to go through its third round of simultaneous direct local elections, which will take place on June 27 in 171 regions (17 provinces, 39 cities and 115 regencies). 

There are many concerns over the upcoming elections, ranging from the number of corruption cases plaguing candidates to the potential political and social schisms over identity politics. However, many are more worried about the growing number of retired officers (military and police) running in these local elections. 

In North Sumatra, for example, former Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) chief Edy Rahmayadi is a governor candidate backed by three major parties. Overall, 18 military and police retirees are running,whether as the top or deputy candidate, accounting for less than 2 percent of the total candidates. 

Since the inception of direct l...

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