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Jakarta Post

Jokowi inducts former aide as top cop. Experts warn of recasting New Order’s shadow.

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 28, 2021   /  07:39 pm
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Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo (left) takes the oath during his inauguration as the new National Police chief at the State Palace on Jan. 27, 2020.(Presidential Palace Press Bureau/Laily Rachev)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday inaugurated National Police chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo, building on the two public figures’ relationship that dates back a decade to Jokowi’s term as Surakarta mayor. The inauguration ceremony follows a unanimous vote at last week’s plenary session of the House of Representatives (DPR) to approve Jokowi’s pick for the nation’s top police post. Listyo replaces outgoing Gen. Idham Azis, who is retiring. Listyo has vowed to improve the public image of the National Police by taking a more “humane” approach to law enforcement. “We are [focusing on] how to demonstrate the police’s firm but humane [approach] to the public, how to deliver good and transparent public service, as well as how we will enforce the laws justly,” said Listyo, apeaking after his inauguration ...