Indonesian House approves Suhartono as new military commander

16:12, September 27, 2010      

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Indonesian House of Representative on Monday gave an approval on Admiral Agus Suhartono as new military commander, expecting him to continue reform in the military.

Suhartono will replace General Djoko Santoso.

The approval was given after the lawmakers conduct a fit and proper test on the admiral.

The parliament demanded Suhartono to continue reform on the military in a bid to "make the military becoming more effective and focus only on defense," said Mahfudz Siddik, chairman of Commission One of the House at the parliament building here.

Going forward, with more threat on terrorism, the Indonesian Armed Forces will have a broader responsibility, as it has been included on the fighting against terrorism.

Suhartono said that the military would cooperate with police to combat the terrorist movement.

"It is one of the duties of the Armed Forces today," he told reporters at the parliament building.

Indonesian military has recently left roles in politics and concentrated to defense only.

Suhartono was expected to keep the neutrality of the military and not to support any political group, said Siddik.

"The military must keep its neutrality particularly on the general election," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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