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Jakarta Post

Jokowi backs Prabowo over weapons system modernization

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24, 2020   /  09:10 am
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Parade of loyalty: Indonesian Military troops march in a parade with artillery weaponry in the background during the force's anniversary ceremony at Halim Perdanakusuma air base in East Jakarta. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has appeared to fully back Defense Minister and former rival Prabowo Subianto over his effort to modernize Indonesia’s weapons system, saying that such a move was necessary to counter wide-ranging security challenges going forward. The President, speaking in a meeting with officials from the Defense Ministry, the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI), emphasized the importance of “defense diplomacy” amid a wider spectrum of potential conflicts. “The first big challenge [for Indonesia] is the widening spectrum of conflicts around the world. That is why we have to strengthen our defense diplomacy to ease tensions between countries and stand ready to deploy our weapons to enforce the law in our territory,” Jokowi said in Jakarta on Thursday. The former Jakarta mayor called on the military and the p...