TNI must remain neutral
in 2014 elections: Commander

Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen.Moeldoko has reasserted that his institution will remain neutral in the 2014 elections.

“I reassert here that the TNI’s neutrality is not only “required” but an absolutely must. Thus, what neutrality means needs to be understood by soldiers, particularly commanders,” said Moeldoko in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

The TNI’s neutrality, he said, could materialize in two ways: in words and in action.

Commenting on two retired generals, Prabowo of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and Wiranto of the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura), who are expected to run in the 2014 presidential race, Moeldoko said TNI would remain neutral.

“TNI soldiers must understand how to act neutral in the elections. If any soldier is found to have violated their neutrality, they will receive sanctions,” said Moeldoko, adding that the TNI was also ready to provide logistical support, such as on ballot distribution. (ebf)

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