Friday, November 16, 2007

Sudarsono Says Elections in Myanmar Wouldn't Reduce Army's Role

Source: Bloomberg

Indonesia's Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said forcing Myanmar to hold elections wouldn't reduce the role of the military, even as the United Nations asked the ruling junta to agree to a timetable for political change.

The world can't force a system ``that is alien to the local culture,'' Sudarsono, 65, said in an interview in Jakarta. ``For all its faults, the military at the moment remains the unifying force and covers most of the levers of power, political, economic and also cultural.''

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