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Thursday, 5 October, 2000, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Wahid tells army to serve nation

The Indonesian President, Abdurrahman Wahid, has said the Indonesian army should serve the whole nation and not the holders of power.

Mr Wahid told an army day parade that in the past, the armed forces had been a tool for individual interests.

He said this had to be stopped.

Correspondents say Mr Wahid was referring to the rule of former President Suharto.

Since Mr Suharto stepped down more than two years ago, the once all-powerful military has given up half its seats in parliament, accepted a civilian defence minister for the first time, and ordered those of its members in civilian posts to leave the armed forces.

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