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TNI must remain neutral in 2014 elections: Commander

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, December 29, 2013 | 10:24 pm

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

'€œI reassert here that the TNI'€™s neutrality is not only '€œrequired'€ 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.

'€œTNI 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)