Suara.com – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi emphasized to General Maruli Simanjuntak the importance of the TNI Army’s neutrality. This message was conveyed by Jokowi after inaugurating Maruli as Army Chief of Staff (KSAD).
“Actually, according to surveys, the Army is already good. If it could be improved, it would be much better, and also regarding neutrality, that is what he really emphasized,” said Maruli, repeating Jokowi’s message at the State Palace, Newsdelivers.com, Wednesday (29/11/2023) .
Maruli assured that he would not risk the Indonesian Army just to take sides or not be neutral.
“I also think that I personally would not gamble on the name of a good Army institution for something like this,” said Maruli.
“I don’t want this to become a long history that we in the Indonesian Army in particular were not neutral in general elections,” continued Maruli.
Jokowi Inaugurates Maruli
This afternoon President Jokowi officially appointed TNI Lieutenant General Maruli Simanjuntak as Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) at the State Palace, Newsdelivers.com, Wednesday (29/11/2021).
Maruli’s appointment as Army Chief of Staff is in accordance with Indonesian Presidential Decree Number 103 TNI of 2023 concerning the Dismissal and Appointment of the Army Chief of Staff.
During the inauguration process, the Presidential Decree was read by the President’s Military Secretary Admiral Hersan.
In the presidential decree read by Hersan, Jokowi decided to honorably dismiss TNI General Agus Subiyanto from his position as Army Chief of Staff.
Jokowi also expressed his gratitude for the dedication and services that have been contributed to the nation and state while Agus was in office.
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan witnessed the inauguration process of his son-in-law, General TNI Maruli Simanjuntak as Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) at the State Palace, Newsdelivers.com, Wednesday (29/11/2023). (Suara.com/Novian)
The second point in the presidential decree, Jokowi appointed Maruli as Army Chief of Staff.
“Second, appoint TNI Lieutenant General Maruli Simanjuntak as Army Chief of Staff,” said Hersan.
The decision came into effect from the appointment of the office.
After reading the presidential decree, Jokowi bestowed the rank of KSAD on Maruli.
After that, Maruli took the oath of office by repeating what Jokowi had said.