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Jokowi’s military transformation homework

  • Iis Gindarsah

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 18 2019   /  01:13 am

The Constitutional Court’s decision in the dispute over the presidential election marked an end to the 2019 general elections. Reelected President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has asserted that he would “step on the gas pedal” to complete his political promises to the Indonesian people.The President’s bold statement comes at the right time following recent military developments. First, a new regulation was issued on June 12 to allow Indonesian Military (TNI) officers to assume knowledge- and skills-based positions at TNI headquarters. Despite notable institutional progress, some observers are still concerned about setbacks in military reform over the past few years.Central to their concerns are the issues of political neutrality, operations other than war and the appointments of TNI officers to active positions beyond defense.Second, an Indonesian Army helicopter carrying 12 personne...