Soldiers carry the photograph of former Indonesian Military Commander General Djoko Santoso during his funeral at the San Diego Hills Memorial Park in Karawang, West Java, on Sunday. Djoko died from stroke at the army’s hospital earlier in the morning. (Antara Photo/M Ibnu Chazar)

Former Indonesian Military Chief Djoko Santoso Dies at 67


MAY 11, 2020

Jakarta. Former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. (ret) Djoko Santoso, who has led the campaign team of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto last year, died from stroke on Sunday morning, after spending nine days at hospital. He was 67.

Djoko was admitted to the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on May 2 after suffering a stroke, the hospital said.


"He died after a severe stroke, not from Covid-19,” hospital’s deputy chairman Dr. Budi Sulistya said.

Djoko, who took command of the military in 2007-2010 during the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presidency, died at around 6.30 a.m. and was buried in full military honors at San Diego Hills public cemetery in Karawang, West Java, in the afternoon.

"He actually reserves the right for a burial at the Kalibata Heroes’ Cemetery, but the next of kin wanted the funeral to be at San Diego Hills," Budi said.

The Indonesian flag flew at half-mast at all military offices on Sunday to honor Djoko.

"To show our respect and deepest condolence to the passing of General Djoko Santoso, all military units have been ordered to fly the flag at half-mast," Col. Nefra Firdaus, a spokesman for the Army, said. The order is in place for a week.

TNI Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto led the funeral ceremony, which was held under strict health protocol due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of military personnel in the funeral was reduced to 40 from normally 120. 

Post-military career, Djoko took a political path by joining the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and led the campaign team of Prabowo, who ultimately lost the presidential election to Joko Widodo.