The influential military has announced a major reshuffle, involving more than 100 senior officers from all forces, less than a year before Indonesia's most sensitive general elections in years. The most significant change is the recall of former rising star Major-General A. M. Hendropriyono, pending his appointment to a civilian position. The moves have come less than 12 months before a general election and less than two years before the presidential election in 1998. But Brigadier-General Amir Syarifudin, in announcing the changes, said the reshuffle was part of routine moves to foster 'regeneration' in the ranks as senior officers reached retirement age. 'It's probably not particularly significant,' said a Western defence attache. 'It's largely natural rejuvenation. There's a large number of changes driven by retirement.' He said the most marked change was the reported appointment of General Hendropriyono, currently chief of the Army Training School in Bandung, West Java, to Secretary for Development Operations, a strategic position under State Secretary Murdiono. 'It's a sideways move, not necessarily a demotion,' the attache said. 'But it probably means the end of an illustrious military career. His prospects of re-entry are pretty slim.' The latest reshuffle stems from a September 16 decree by armed forces chief General Feisal Tanjung, and involves 52 army officers, 24 navy officers, 13 air force officers and 19 police officers. The reshuffle follows a high-level change last month with the sacking of Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant-General Suyono. This followed rumours that President Suharto was unhappy with his handling of riots in Jakarta on July 27. The office of the Attorney-General is ready to take to court the cases of two activists charged with subversion in connection with the July riots in Jakarta, the Antara news agency said yesterday. A spokesman for the Attorney-General, Pontas Pasaribu, said the cases would be against independent labour leader Pakpahan and the chairman of the pro-democracy People's Democratic Party, Sujatmiko, who were arrested shortly after the riots on July 27. The two have been detained at the office of the Attorney-General and there was no indication when the action would be taken.