Indonesia president urges military to stay out of politics

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Posted: Oct 05, 2017 6:34 AM

CILEGON, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president has urged the military to stay out of politics and remain loyal to the government in an apparent rebuke following a series of statements by the country's top general.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made the comments at a parade Thursday commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the creation of an independent military.

Military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has stirred controversy in the past month with warnings of a renewed communist threat to Indonesia and a claim that a non-military organization was trying to import thousands of weapons.

Jokowi said the military's oath of loyalty to the nation means defending the Indonesian people and loyalty to the legitimate government.