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Should Indonesia worry about a military comeback?

The coming regional and presidential polls are looking rather like an election of generals with several recently retired senior officers eyeing political positions.

Hardly a day goes by in Indonesia these days without fresh speculation as to who is running in next year's presidential election, even though nominations do not open for another four months.

The guessing game has, however, taken a twist in recent weeks, with attention switching from talk of names from political parties to those from the military and police.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2018, with the headline 'Should Indonesia worry about a military comeback?'. Subscribe