President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday announced that Lt. Gen. Moeldoko would take over as the Army’s new chief of staff and replace the president’s brother-in-law Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo, who is set to retire early next month.
“As you know, Pramono will reach retirement age soon,” Yudhoyono said during a press conference at the State Palace. “I am installing Moeldoko to replace Pramono, and the inauguration will take place on Wednesday.”
Yudhoyono said that he expected that Moeldoko would be able to lead soldiers of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in a professional and capable manner.
Moeldoko, who is currently the deputy army chief of staff, is considered one of the best and the brightest in the Army, and he was the highest rated graduate from the Military Academy’s class of 1983. He was born on July 6, 1957 in Kediri East Java in 2010 made the head of Siliwangi command in West Java.
When he led the Siliwangi command, he was known to encourage mainstream Muslims to occupy Ahmadiyah mosques and preach “the true path” of Islam.
He called on Muslims to refrain from physical violence and acts of vandalism, and instead conduct “an attack of prayer rugs” in mosques belonging to the minority Islamic sect.
“I ask all of you [Muslims] to sit inside their mosques, which are exclusive for the Ahmadis,” he said in March 2011. “Let us fill their mosques with Islamic activities and the correct teachings of Islam.”