Military chief General Wiranto starts his first week without ousted president Suharto in virtual undisputed control of the country's vast armed forces, heightening fears of an internal backlash. General Wiranto has not only exiled Mr Suharto's son-in-law, Lieutenant-General Prabowo Subianto, from the elite Kostrad strategic forces, but is also changing the commands of crack Jakarta and anti-subversion and terrorism units. The ambitious and hardline General Prabowo is expected to this week take up a new post as commander of the Staff and Command College in Bandung, West Java, despite heading Kostrad's 40,000 troops for less than three months. 'General Prabowo to date has never had any commanding post in education,' said General Wiranto, denying rifts in the military during Mr Suharto's last days in power. 'He has always been in combat and operation units. We feel any senior officer must have a complete overall experience.' He claimed the decision to move the American-trained General Prabowo had been made weeks ago but 'the national situation prevented us from carrying it out'. General Prabowo, 47, has far more combat experience than General Wiranto, who has a more popular public profile. Foreign diplomats and political figures say they believe General Wiranto, 51, is now effectively the most powerful figure in Indonesia and has presidential ambitions - a fact which could spark trouble in the months ahead. They point to the fact that General Prabowo was known to be close to new President Bacharuddin Habibie as proof of General Wiranto's power. 'Mr Suharto was always careful to play his generals off against each other. They were always looking out for each other so no figure could be all-powerful,' one diplomat said. 'Now that is changing. Suspicions would have been aroused among certain leaders. 'General Wiranto is popular, clever and powerful. Not even Habibie could stand up to him.' Cabinet minister Juwono Sudarsono has expressed fears of a coup as leading figures jostle for influence in the post-Suharto void. Tanks and armoured personnel carriers have finally disappeared from daytime central Jakarta, but armed columns have been seen moving across the city at night. Mr Habibie had hinted he might be ready to hold new elections, Muslim leader Amien Rais said yesterday after meeting the President. 'He told me it would take at least six months to carry out reforms, including laws related to really democratic elections . . . ,' Mr Rais said. The military will today reveal the results of its inquiry into the killing of six student protesters two weeks ago.