Former TNI chief might take top Pertamina post

Former Indonesian Military Chief Gen. (ret.) Endriartono Sutarto could be appointed as president of Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina, according to two sources in Jakarta, replacing incumbent President Ari H. Soemarno, who took over the spot in March. Sutarto, however, recently denied the speculation when the Report questioned him about it. “Who told you that?” he said, while laughing it off as only
rumour.

Since the four-star army general retired from the military in 2005, sources say that he has been importing and distributing Chinese motorcycles with his business partner Rini M.S. Suwandi, the former Minister of Industry and Trade under Megawati Soekarnoputri.

President Yudhoyono reportedly twice offered Sutarto the post of Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, where he would replace incumbent Minister Widodo Adisutjipto. But Sutarto refused the offer, saying that “it is not ethical to take over my senior’s post.”
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