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Jokowi’s upward trust on generals in COVID-19 response

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 27 2020   /  12:59 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reliance on influential military figures in handling the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more and more apparent as he risks sparking a competition by asking more of them to join the government’s fast-response team.

Jokowi quietly recruited Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto last week to speed up efforts to contain the coronavirus, asking him to procure medical and personal safety equipment from China by using the Indonesian Military (TNI) to fast-track the delivery.

The President had previously excluded Prabowo from the COVID-19 task force led by National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo, an active Army general, but later included him in the lineup in a presidential decree he signed on March 20, after meeting with the former Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) commander privately four days prior.

After Prabowo j...