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Jakarta Post

Politics lead former GAM guerrillas to part ways

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 28 2012   /  08:00 am

Aceh’s second direct gubernatorial election is scheduled for April 9, after five delays following unsolved deaths, violence and former governor Irwandi Yusuf’s legal battle to run for governor again. This is the second of three reports by The Jakarta Post’s Nani Afrida on the election and the Free Aceh Movement, which waged a decades-long violent separatist movement against the central government.

Marching band: Supporters of Aceh Party (a political manifestation of the former Free Aceh Movement combatants or known also as GAM) march through a highway in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, on Jan. 19. In the gubernatorial election slated for April 9, former GAM members have split into two camps. AntaraBanda Aceh was covered in the red banners of the Aceh Party after thousands of residents flocked to the provincial capital’s largest stadium for a rally earlier this month.

Party sup...