Lodewijk Profile: Former Kopassus Commander Candidate to Replace Azis Syamsuddin

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Golkar Party is rumored to be appointing Lodewijk Freidrich Paulus as Deputy Speaker of the DPR replacing Azis Syamsuddin who is involved in a corruption case. Golkar DPP chairman Firman Soebagyo said the General Chair of the Golkar Party, Airlangga Hartarto, had conveyed his decision to choose Lodewijk.

“It was determined by the ketum (general chairman) and we all agreed on it,” said Firman at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday, September 27 2021.

Lodewijk Freidrich Paulus currently serves as Secretary General of the Golkar Party. In the council seat, the man who was born in Manado, July 27, 1957, was listed as a member of Commission I of the DPR. Commission I of the DPR is in charge of defense, intelligence, communications, and foreign affairs.

This three-star retired general was elected as a member of the DPR for the 2019-2024 period from the Lampung I constituency. Prior to entering politics, Lodewijk was the Commander of the Indonesian Army’s Doctrine, Education and Training Command (Dankodiklat). He was also the General of the Special Forces Command (Kopassus).

His career in the Army (AD) began after he graduated from the Indonesian Armed Forces Academy in 1981. Eighteen years after graduating, he was appointed Assistant Operations Commander General (Asop Danjen) of Kopassus and was subsequently appointed Commander of Battalion 22 of Kopassus.

In 2006, Lodewijk was trusted to lead Korem 052 Wijayakrama Kodam Jaya. A year later, he was lined up as the Command for Doctrine, Education and Training of the Indonesian Army until 2009 before finally becoming Danjen Kopassus.

He held the position as Danjen Kopassus from 2009 to 2011 replacing Major General Pramono Edhie Wibowo. Lodewijk was then lined up again as Commander of the Bukit Barisan Regional Military Command I for two years until 2013 and eventually became Dankodiklat TNI AD. This position also marked the end of his tenure in the TNI.

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At Golkar, Lodewijk briefly served as Head of Strategic Studies and HR, before finally being appointed secretary general.


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