President Swears In New Counterterrorism, Drug Monitoring Chiefs

New National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief Suhardi Alius is sworn in at the State Palace on Wednesday (20/07). (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

By : Novy Lumanauw | on 2:11 PM July 20, 2016
Category : News, Featured

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo swore in Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius as the new chief of the National Counterterrorism Agency, or BNPT, and Penny Kusumastuti Lukito as the head of the country's Food and Drug Monitoring Agency, also known as the BPOM, on Wednesday (20/07).

Suhardi replaces the counterterror agency's former chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, who was appointed as National Police chief last week. Suhardi was the principal secretary of the National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) until last week.

Suhardi has extensive experience in the police, including as a Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) chief, National Police spokesman and the Jakarta Police deputy chief.

Tito said Suhardi is an intelligent officer with top-class achievements.

"At the police academy, he was always in the top two or three of his class. He's smart," Tito said after the swearing-in ceremony at the State Palace in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, the temporary head of the food and drug monitoring agency Bahdar Johan Hamid was replaced by Penny Kusumastuti Lukito, formerly of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).

Jokowi allegedly demanded the replacement of the agency's former head for his failure to detect the production and distribution of counterfeit vaccines in Indonesia.

Jokowi had already planned to restructure the agency to stem the flow of counterfeit medicine and other illegal health products in the Indonesian market.

The ceremoney was also attended by Health Minister Nila Moeloek, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo and Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

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