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Indonesia Reminds Myanmar of Asean Charter Principles Amid Military Coup

BY :NATASIA CHRISTY WAHYUNI JAKARTA GLOBE MON, FEBRUARY 01, 2021

JAKARTA –  Indonesia urges fellow Asean member state Myanmar to follow democratic principles, as defined in the bloc’s charter, amid the ongoing military coup over election fraud claims.

“Indonesia calls for the observance of the principles of Asean Charter, among other things, adherence to the rule of law, good governance, the principles of democracy and constitutional government,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry wrote in a statement on Monday.

The ministry added that all electoral differences should be addressed in accordance with the available legal mechanism.

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The ministry’s citizen protection director Judha Nugraha confirmed the safety of the 500 Indonesian citizens in Myanmar.

“Most of the Indonesian citizens work in the oil and gas sector, factories, garment industry, and as ship crews,” Judha told Jakarta Globe’s sister publication, Beritasatu on Monday.

The political crisis occurred over election fraud allegations. Myanmar had been military-led until the democratic reformation in 2011. In the November 2020 election, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a landslide victory with 83 percent of the parliamentary seats. The military then accused the party of electoral fraud.

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Following the coup, the military deployed soldiers to the streets of the capital Naypyidaw and Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. Internet and phone services are blocked. Netblocks, a non-government organization on internet governance, detected a widespread internet disruption in the country. Phone numbers in Naypyidaw are also unreachable.

https://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-reminds-myanmar-of-asean-charter-principles-amid-military-coup

SOURCE: JAKARTA GLOBE, INDONESIA MON, FEBRUARY 01, 2021

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