The Jakarta Post
State Secretary Sudi Silalahi said on Thursday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had appointed Defense Ministry secretary-general Lt. Gen. Budiman to replace Gen. Moeldoko as Army chief of staff. Moeldoko has been appointed as the new Indonesian Military commander, replacing Adm. Agus Suhartono who will retire on Sept. 1.
Sudi said the installation ceremony would be held on Friday at the state palace, together with Moeldoko's installation as the new military commander, kompas.com reported.
Budiman, former deputy Army chief of staff, was the best of the military academy's 1978 class and was awarded the Adhi Makayasa medal. He is also known as one of the Army's brightest. Many believed that given his military track record and experience, Budiman is the right man for the job.
Two other people -- deputy Army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Munir and Army Strategic Reserves Command head Lt. Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo -- were reportedly also considered for the post. (apt/dic)