Category: Politics

The Next Military Commander: Speculations

People continue to speculate on who will become the next Military Commander (Panglima TNI) to replace Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto. One can understand why. Commander Hadi only has three months left before his term ends in November 2021. Extending Hadi’s term is not an option for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo because the Indonesian Military Law (UU TNI) No. 34/2004 does not regulate such a means.

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The Army Chief’s Role

The Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) General Andika Perkasa is still visiting regions in Central Java and Yogyakarta. He inspected hospitals, including the hospital under the Indonesian Army (TNI AD), and quarantine centers for COVID-19 patients. Andika and his ranks are also preparing the largest joint combat training ever made between the TNI AD and the United States (US) Army, which will be held for two weeks starting Aug. 1, 2021.

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Major Police Job Rotation (2)

The Chief of the National Police (Kapolri) General Listyo Sigit Prabowo instituted the largest job rotation that he has ever made since leading the Police Corps (POLRI). The rotation affects 504 high-ranking and middle-ranking police officers with the major changes affecting the positions in the city/regency police offices across the archipelago. 

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Major Job Rotation in POLRI (1)

The Chief of the National Police (Kapolri) General Listyo Sigit Prabowo announced a major job rotation affecting 504 high-ranking and middle-ranking police officers, including some police generals within the Police Chief’s inner circle. This is the largest rotation General Sigit has ever made since he began leading the Police Corps (POLRI).

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Accelerating Vaccination (4)

The pace of vaccination in the last three days has shown a good trend with the number of vaccines administered per day stable at around 700-800 thousand doses. Nevertheless, it’s still below the target of one-million-vaccinations-per-day set by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

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Puan’s Maneuver (3)

The House Speaker (Ketua DPR) Puan Maharani, who is also the daughter of the fifth President Megawati Soekarnoputri, has been busy promoting herself through advertisements in national media and billboards displayed in some regions across the country. The biggest question is whether or not it can help Puan boost her electability ahead of the 2024 race.

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Accelerating Vaccination (3)

The Indonesian Military & the National Police (TNI/POLRI) continues to go all out in helping President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations. That said, the national pace of vaccination remains far below the target set by the President.

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Military Procurement Update: Sukhoi

The Russian news agency Tass reported that the Russian Government was still going to deliver the 4.5th generation multirole fighter jets Sukhoi Su-35 to Indonesia. The Indonesian Government has not responded to the statement. That said, it is likely that the Sukhoi deal will be at the heart of the upcoming bilateral meeting between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and President Vladimir Putin.

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Another Challenging Time for Jokowi (2)

Hundreds of student activists and online taxi drivers staged a rally in Bandung, West Java on Wednesday (July 21) protesting the Government’s decision to extend the PPKM restrictions. In a rally staged earlier in Ambon (Maluku) and Makassar (South Sulawesi), the student activists called for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to resign.

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Andika Perkasa’s Recent Visits

On Monday (July 19), Military Commander (Panglima TNI) Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto led the promotion ceremony for 44 military generals at the Military headquarters (Mabes TNI) in Cilangkap, East Jakarta. The Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) General Andika Perkasa did not attend the event. Andika was visiting Yogyakarta and Central Java.

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Jokowi & Two Years of Wasted Opportunity

The administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo decided to extend the emergency activity restrictions (PPKM Darurat) until next Sunday (July 25) considering the COVID-19 situation in the country. The President hopes the positivity rate will decline in the next few days so the Government can gradually ease the restrictions starting July 26. The President also continues to push for accelerated vaccination to reach the target of herd immunity by the end of this year.

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