Comr. Gen. Badrodin Haiti, front right, was chosen by President Joko Widodo to become the next chief of the National Police. (Antara Photo/M. Agung Rajasa)

House Approves Badrodin as National Police Chief

APRIL 16, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesia's House of Representatives on Thursday approved Comr. Gen. Badrodin Haiti to be the new chief of National Police, ending a three-month long power vacuum at the top of the organization.

"Do you all agree that we approve this National Police chief candidate by acclamation," Aziz Syamsuddin, head of House commission III overseeing legal affairs, asked commissioners on Thursday.

A majority of those present called out in favor of Badrodin.

"Ten factions have expressed their view and 55 members of Commission III have given their approval. With this we, Commission III, would like to congratulate Comr. Gen. Badrodidn Haiti," Aziz said.

Badrodin, previously the National Police deputy chief, promised to serve with integrity and indicated he would shake up the force. Analysts however have expressed doubt that the career officer is a genuine reformer.

"I am committed to change the National Police, the demand for a change came not only from me but from the public," Badrodin said.

Badrodin's appointment officially ended a three-month-long period of a police force without a chief after President Joko Widodo removed Gen. Sutarman from office on Jan.16, despite the fact that his retirement was not due until October.

Joko later appointed Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan to replace Sutarman, but the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Budi a suspect in a corruption case only three days after the announcement of his nomination.

Following the massive controversy and backlash, Joko eventually dropped Budi's nomination in February and replaced him with Badrodin.