On Wednesday, 29th November 2023, history unfolds as President Joko Widodo is set to inaugurate the new Chief of Staff of the Army (Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat - KSAD), marking a vital transition within the nation's military leadership. The official announcement was made by the President's Special Staff Coordinator, Ari Dwipayana, confirming the inauguration to take place at 14:00 WIB at the Istana Negara (State Palace).
Anticipation Surrounding the New KSAD Appointment
While the identity of the new KSAD was not officially disclosed in the morning announcement, whispers within the halls of power have hinted at the potential appointee. The name that has been surfacing as the likely choice is none other than the Commander of the Army's Strategic Reserve Command (Pangkostrad), Lieutenant General Maruli Simanjuntak. This information was subtly shared with select journalists the evening prior to the announcement, adding an air of suspense to the upcoming event.
Maruli Simanjuntak: A Strong Candidate
Simanjuntak, a figure known for his strategic acumen and leadership, has been commanding the Army's Strategic Reserve Command. His potential elevation to the position of KSAD comes in the wake of General TNI Agus Subiyanto's appointment as the TNI Commander, leaving the KSAD position vacant. The possible transition of Simanjuntak from the Pangkostrad to KSAD also carries a personal significance as he happens to be the son-in-law of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
Eventful Wednesday: The Inauguration Day
The inaugural ceremony, scheduled by President Jokowi himself, is anticipated to be a significant event, marking a shift in the military hierarchy. The selection of the new KSAD has been a subject of speculation since the House of Representatives (DPR) had earlier submitted three potential candidates for the position. With the anticipated appointment of Lieutenant General Maruli Simanjuntak, the conjecture is expected to be put to rest, paving the way for a new chapter in the nation's defence leadership.