Report – Allan Nairn talks to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!
Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, has held his first Cabinet meeting amid criticism from human rights activists for picking a new defence minister who once defended military killings of civilians.
In July, the former Jakarta governor known as “Jokowi” defeated the US-trained former army general Prabowo Subianto, who had been accused of mass killings when he headed the Indonesian special forces in the 1990s.
While human rights groups hailed the defeat of Prabowo in July’s election, the new president is facing opposition for picking former Army Chief of Staff Ryamizard Ryacudu to be Indonesia’s new Defence Minister. Read more »