It is President’s Discretion to Choose Next Police Chief Candidate, Cabinet Secretary Says

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 6 Juni 2016
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Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Deputy Cabinet Secretary Bistok Simbolon respond to reporters’ questions after a limited meeting on Monday (6/6), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has yet to give an instruction about candidates of the Indonesian National Police Chief to replace Police Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti who will enter his retirement period, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said.

“It is the President’s authority. Even though the President has requested for the opinions from several sides including his closest aides, no names have been mentioned as the candidates of the next police chief,” Pramono told the reporters after a limited meeting on Monday (6/6), at the Presidential Office.

Indonesian National Police Chief Badrodin Haiti is set to retire in 1 August 2016. According to the provisions of the Law, candidates to replace police chief must hold the rank of Commissioner General and the candidates’ names should be submitted to the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI) for approval.

Pramono admitted that the candidates’ names that are circulated in the public are suggestions from the National Police Commission (Kompolnas). The names were proposed by Luhut Panjaitan as the Chairman of Kompolnas.

However, President Jokowi has full authority to choose other than the ones from the list already proposed by Kompolnas and it is the President’s discretion to choose the next police chief candidates.

Asked about the status of current National Police Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti whether to be extended or replaced, Pramono said:  “It is also up to President Joko Widodo.”

“We cannot announce the names of the candidates and the procedures since the President has not issued any instructions related to the appointment of the National Police Chief,” Pramono said.

However, Pramono admitted that the President already knows the candidates’ names. (FID/ES)(RAS/EP/YM/Naster)

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