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Indonesia's Personalized Civil-Military Relations

Friday, July 8, 2011

DENPASAR, Indonesia -- The appointment by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of his own brother-in-law as the new chief of the army has highlighted a trend that sees Indonesia's political leaders keen to maintain personal control of the security apparatus, while remaining averse to pushing for civilian democratic control.

Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo, the younger brother of first lady Ani Yudhoyono, was sworn in on June 30. Now 56, Pramono graduated at the top of his class at the Indonesian military academy in 1980, and his background includes commanding the Siliwangi Military District in West Java as well as stints in senior positions at the Special Forces (Kopassus), before leading the Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) prior to his latest promotion. ...

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