05 Oct '17, 7am

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says military should stay out of politics - The Straits Times

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says military should stay out of politics - The Straits Times

CILEGON, Indonesia (REUTERS) - Indonesia's armed forces should stay out of politics and ensure their loyalty is only to the state and the government, President Joko Widodo said on Thursday (Oct 5) at a parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the country's military. His remarks came amid growing controversy over the actions, and what analysts perceive as the political ambitions, of Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo, who promotes the notion that Indonesia is besieged by "proxy wars" involving foreign states and even a renewed communist threat. "The Indonesian military is a national property that is above all classes, groups (and) which is not fragmented by narrow political interests and does not enter into the practical political arena," said Joko, who sat beside Nurmantyo at the parade in the port city of Cilegon. "Politics and loyalty to the nat...

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