Last Piece of Jokowi’s Consolidation in the Military

The talk about who will be the next Army Chief of Staff (Kasad) to replace General Mulyono, who will enter mandatory retirement age in early January 2019, has been started. However, considering the Army is still the largest vertical institution in the country with political and security influence down to the village level, and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo needs firm grip in the Army ahead of next year’s election, it’s natural to see the talk about the next Kasad is ongoing. The Kasad position, moreover, is widely believed as the last piece of the puzzle of the President’s consolidation of power in the military (TNI).

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