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Jakarta Post

New Army chief nixes nepotism claims, defends appointment

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 1 2011   /  08:00 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono installed his brother-in-law Lt. Gen Pramono Edhie Wibowo as Army Chief of Staff on Thursday amid speculation that Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party will nominate Pramono for president in 2014.

“I will focus on developing the Indonesian Army professionally. Please support me,” Pramono told reporters when asked if he would run.
Change of command: First Lady Ani Yudhoyono (center right) congratulates her younger brother Lt. Gen Pramono Edhie Wibowo after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono installed Pamono as the new Army chief at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday. JP/Ricky YudhistiraPramono said that among his priorities as Army chief would be to improve the capability of soldiers and upgrade the service’s primary weaponry defense systems.

Yudhoyono installed Pramono to replace outgoing Army chief Gen. George Toisutta, who ret...