Rumors about the replacement of the TNI Commander in Chief, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, are increasingly being discussed. Many people predict that President Jokowi will appoint Army Chief of Staff (KASAD) General Andika Perkasa as TNI Commander.
Recently, President Jokowi had joked while attending the Alutsista Exhibition after holding the TNI 76th Anniversary ceremony in the Merdeka Palace courtyard. On that occasion, Jokowi mentioned General Andika to drive his wife, Iriana in the presence of Vice President Maruf Amin, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud Md, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto.
So is this a signal from Jokowi in choosing the new TNI Commander?
Based on a broadcast on the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel, Jokowi appeared to have a dialogue with the TNI Commander Hadi in front of the tactical vehicle on display.
In the second meeting, Jokowi was accompanied by Mahfud, Prabowo, Iriana, and Maruf Amin.
“Sir, I ask for permission, this is a procurement in the strategic plan (strategic plan) until 2019,” explained Hadi.
“Oh, you mean this is all recent?” Jokowi responded.
“Ready, this is new from the strategic plan until 2019,” said Hadi, answering again
Then KASAD General Andika Perkasa also gave an explanation to Jokowi regarding tactical vehicles owned by the Indonesian Army.
“This is something that stands out, this is the Army, we have 56 rantis,” said Andika.
The review of these tactical vehicles did not last long. Jokowi and his entourage immediately left the location.
Before returning to the Palace, Jokowi had joked with his wife. Jokowi offered Iriana a ride in a tactical vehicle for the TNI and KSAD Andika, who was driving.
“How do you want to go up? Let Mr. Andika drive, ha-ha-ha…,” Jokowi joked to Iriana.
Jokowi, Ma’ruf Amin, Iriana Jokowi, and Wury Ma’ruf then headed for the golf car. Jokowi again drove the golf car, they then left the location of the defense equipment exhibition.