Retired Soldiers and the Support Conflict of the 2014 Presidential Election

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Hardi Putra Wirman, Muradi, Wawan Budi Darmawan, Arfin Sudirman

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The involvement of the purnawirawan TNI (Indonesian retired soldiers) in politics does not always fully facilitate civil and military relation in Indonesia. The findings of this study suggest that the participation of retired soldiers in Indonesian politics has led to conflicts of interest among themselves and established a strong relation between them and the civilian government. The retired soldiers hold strategic governmental positions such as the Minister, Chief of Presidential Staff, Board of State-Owned Enterprise Directors. Such relation is formed as a part of the political negotiation by the retired soldiers and the civilian government within the Indonesian political dynamics, especially at the 2014 presidential election.

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