No ruling on rotation in top military post: Kalla

No ruling on rotation in top military post: Kalla
Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said there has been no special ruling as yet regarding which branch of the military will be awarded the top job in the Indonesian Military (TNI).

"There is no ruling that the TNI commander must be from the Army, Air Force or Navy. It is based on who is capable and the President will nominate the most competent candidate," he said after visiting a renovated dam in Wajo, South Sulawesi, on Saturday.

The Vice President explained that Law no. 34/2004 on the TNI stipulated that the top military commander post must be occupied by a former Army, Navy or Air Force chief.

"The current rotation is an unwritten rule and not obligatory. The most important thing is that the TNI commander should be a four-star general," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said recently that the next TNI commander would not necessarily come from the Air Force, even though the current TNI commander is from the Army and his predecessor from the Navy, because it was the President's prerogative to appoint a general to the post.

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