The Jakarta Post
All 10 political parties at the House of Representatives approved on Tuesday afternoon the nomination of retired Army general and former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso as the new National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief, replacing the outgoing Marciano Norman.
The decision was reached after a four-hour deliberation meeting between Sutiyoso and the House Commission I overseeing intelligence, defense and foreign affairs.
During the meeting, Sutiyoso was required to outline his vision and mission if selected as BIN chief.
Commission I chair Mahfudz Siddiq explained that Sutiyono met all the criteria needed for the job.
Sutiyoso's candidacy has also received a nod from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), whose headquarters in Jakarta were destroyed in a 1996 military raid ordered by Sutiyoso, who was the commander of the Army in the capital at the time.
Five people died and hundreds were injured in the incident.
Mahfudz said that the PDI-P had attached a special note in their approval, stating that Sutiyoso should only operate under the confines of law and prioritize the needs of the public rather than the needs of certain groups.
'All parties have therefore approved the candidacy and Commission I accepts and supports this decision too,' the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker said after reading the approvals of all party factions.
Mahfudz said that the next step would be to convey the result of the meeting to the next House plenary meeting, where Sutiyoso's candidacy would be deliberated by the House itself. (ika)(+++)