Agus Suhartono Named Head of Indonesian Military

Agus Suhartono Named Head of Indonesian Military

, 27 September 2010

 

Jakarta. The House of Representatives on Monday approved Navy Vice Adm. Agus Suhartono as the new head of the Indonesian Military.

Priyo Budi Santoso, deputy speaker of the House, also known as the DPR, said the appointment was unanimous.

 

Navy Vice Adm. Agus Suhartono is the new chief of the Indonesian Military.

 

The approval followed a fit-and-proper-test process by House Commission I for defense, which backed the sole candidate nominated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Mahfudz Siddiq, chairman of Commission I, said they approved Agus provided he continue to reform the military, also known as the TNI, strengthen the defense industry and increase security in border areas.

Agus said he would focus on “Trimatra Terpadu,” which is integrating the Army, Navy and Air Force under an overarching chain of command.

Agus was declared clean of corruption cases and human rights violations following verifications by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) a day before the fit and proper test.

Agus will replace retiring Gen. Djoko Santoso next month.