Army 'to Step in If Polls in Jakarta Turn Bloody'
Indonesian soldiers will be mobilised to take control of the situation should next year’s elections ‘turn bloody’, the army’s top officer has warned. The remarks by the Army Chief of Staff, General Ryamizard Ryacudu, has rekindled talk about the military seeking to reassert itself in domestic politics. Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to commemorate the army’s 58th anniversary on Monday, he said: ‘The elections are a party for democracy, and the people themselves have the responsibility of safeguarding that process. ‘But we don’t want to see this party turn bloody, or the nation’s children to clash for the sake of the ambitions of certain groups. Full Story