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Jakarta Post

Controversial police general tapped to become spy chief

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 3 2016   /  07:44 am

It appears that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo could no longer avoid the pressure of having to make a quick decision regarding the career of controversial police general Com. Gen. Budi Gunawan.

It took Jokowi one year before he decided to name Budi the deputy national police chief after he declined to inaugurate him in the chief’s position in February 2015 over allegations that he was involved in a graft case.

Facing pressure for Budi to take over as National Police chief when Gen. Badrodin Haiti retired in July, Jokowi again resisted and instead appointed Budi’s junior, Gen. Tito Karnavian.

When Jokowi decided to undertake another Cabinet reshuffle in July, speculation was rife that Budi would be given a ministerial position, but the prediction did not come to pass.

Jokowi finally relented and on Friday he officially nominated the senior police gener...