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Indonesia's Military Chief Resigns - 2004-10-09

Indonesia's military chief has quit and outgoing President Megawati Sukarnoputri has named his replacement.

Indonesian officials say General Endriantono Sutarto, who headed the military since 2002, submitted his resignation on September 24. President Megawati formally notified parliament about the resignation Friday and named General Ryamizard Ryacudu as acting head of the military.

Indonesian media reported the developments Saturday, days before President Megawati's government ends its term.

President-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, himself a former general, could name his own military chief after he takes office on October 20.

The appointment will need parliamentary approval.

No reason has been given for the resignation of General Sutarto, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 55 two years ago.