Jakarta – Former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. (Ret.) Djoko Santoso died at the age of 67 on Sunday morning at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD).
Gerindra Party politician Habiburokhman confirmed the death of his fellow party politician on Sunday. "He died this morning, a few days after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage," Habiburokhman said as quoted by kompas.com.
Djoko had been hospitalized since May 2 and underwent surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage the day after.
Born in Surakarta, Central Java on Sept. 8, 1952, Djoko was known as a prominent military figure.
He graduated from the Military Academy in 1975 and held various high-ranking positions in the army, including chief of the Pattimura Military Command in Maluku from 2002 to 2003 and chief of the Jayakarta Military Command in Jakarta in 2003.
He served as army chief of staff from 2005 to 2007, before being appointed as TNI commander by then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2007, a position he held until his retirement in 2010.
In 2015, he joined the Gerindra Party and was appointed deputy of the party's steering committee. During the 2019 presidential election, Djoko Santoso chaired the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team.
He is survived by his wife Angky Retno Yudianto and three children. (trn)