General Andika Perkasa, the Indonesian Army Chief of Staff: I Have No Reason to Distrust Polri
THE Indonesian armed forces, particularly the army, found itself caught in a crossfire between supporters of Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto who are bitterly polarized in the recent presidential election.
SOME accused the armed forces of supporting the incumbent; others alleged it supported the contender, who is also the former commander of the army strategic reserve command (Kostrad) and the commander-general of the special forces command (Kopassus).
Instead of waning after the election, the rumors intensified. In the wake of the May 22 riots—after the general elections commission (KPU) declared Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin the winners&md...