Playwright wants to topple

National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Lt. Gen. Marciano Norman has accused playwright Ratna Sarumpaet and her group of plotting a coup d'etat against President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Marciano said that peaceful street rallies across the country, planned by Ratna and members of her group, Assembly of the Sovereignty of the Indonesian People (MKRI), was part of the plot.

The nationwide rally is scheduled for March 25 and is aimed at challenging President Yudhoyono's administration, which the group deemed a failure.

Marciano, however, predicted the rally would be peaceful and that no security problems were expected. "Our analysis shows that the planned rally will go ahead. God willing it will be secured," he was quoted by tribunnews.com.

Late last week, the MKRI called for the creation of a transitional government to assume power from Yudhoyono and manage the country until a new government is elected in the 2014 general election.

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