Indonesian President Joko Widodo and General Listyo Sigit Prabowo (R) are seen during the new police chief’s swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on January 27. Photo: AFP Indonesian President Joko Widodo and General Listyo Sigit Prabowo (R) are seen during the new police chief’s swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on January 27. Photo: AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and General Listyo Sigit Prabowo (R) are seen during the new police chief’s swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on January 27. Photo: AFP
Johannes Nugroho
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Johannes Nugroho

Why Indonesia’s new Christian police chief is no game-changer in a Muslim-majority nation

  • Listyo Sigit’s appointment as Indonesian police chief is welcomed in a country where minorities are often sidelined in top government posts
  • But he is not the first non-Muslim in the role, and his loyalty to President Joko Widodo remains his greatest asset, with his faith an afterthought

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and General Listyo Sigit Prabowo (R) are seen during the new police chief’s swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on January 27. Photo: AFP Indonesian President Joko Widodo and General Listyo Sigit Prabowo (R) are seen during the new police chief’s swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on January 27. Photo: AFP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and General Listyo Sigit Prabowo (R) are seen during the new police chief’s swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on January 27. Photo: AFP
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Johannes Nugroho

Johannes Nugroho

Johannes Nugroho is a writer and political analyst from Surabaya, Indonesia