Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin as the new minister for bureaucratic reform on Wednesday (15/08).
Syafruddin is replacing Asman Abnur, who has resigned after his National Mandate Party, or PAN, decided to endorse Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 presidential election. Prabowo will be competing with Jokowi.
Jokowi's current cabinet will be dissolved after the election, in October 2019.
Born in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Syafruddin was an aide to Vice President Jusuf Kalla in the government of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
He now leads the Indonesian team in the 2018 Asian Games, which will start on Saturday.
Syafruddin, 57, graduated from the Indonesian Armed Forces Academy (Akabri) in 1985, and has since held a number of important positions at the National Police — as South Kalimantan Police chief, head of the National Police's internal affairs division, and head of the National Police's Education Institute (Lemdikpol).
Police spokesman Brig. Gen. M. Iqbal said on Wednesday that Syafruddin has filed his resignation and the National Police chief accepted it.
"There is no decision yet who will replace him," Iqbal said.