Risers and fallers among Indonesia’s top brass

JAKARTA – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ruled out an imminent Cabinet reshuffle, despite widespread speculation he was planning to bring newly-retired Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto into the lineup for his remaining three years in office.

A trusted loyalist and the longest-serving TNI chief since president Suharto’s New Order era, Tjahjanto, 58, was recently replaced by former army chief of staff General Andika Perkasa, who will have only 11 months before he too reaches retirement age. 

With Tjahjanto apparently anxious to get back to his East Java hometown of Malang for a break, Widodo told reporters he is not considering a reshuffle for now. “We are not there yet,” he said, indicating changes might still be in the wind.

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