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Jakarta Post

RI denies plan for new Myanmar polls

  • Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Wed, February 24 2021   /  01:00 am
Police advance towards protesters demonstrating against the military coup in Yangon on February 22, 2021. (Agence France Presse/Ye Aung Thu)

Indonesia has denied reports that it plans to hold Myanmar’s military junta to its promise of ceding power after fresh elections and has called on the country to resolve its electoral dispute “through available legal mechanisms”, after protesters criticized Jakarta for appearing to give credence to the junta’s narrative. Crowds of protesters gathered in front of the Indonesian embassies in Yangon and Bangkok on Tuesday to demand support for the November 2020 election results, following reports on Monday that Indonesia had proposed a plan that involved advocating for new elections to be held within a year, a claim Indonesia denies. Myanmar’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw, seized power early this month from Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government over alleged fraud in the November election. Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy (NL...