Wahid Sets Deadline after Indonesian Parties Shun Talks
Isolated Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid again threatened to dissolve parliament and declare a state of emergency after his major rivals snubbed compromise talks Monday.
Wahid set a compromise deadline of July 20 following the humiliating no-show of his deputy, Megawati Sukarnoputri, and leaders of other major parties.
The leader of his own National Awakening Party (PKB), Matori Abdul Djalil, was the only politician to attend the talks at the summer presidential palace on the outskirts of Jakarta.
"Two possibilities are open to us," Wahid said in a televised speech following the boycott.
"First, to continue efforts at reconciliation, which we still have until (July) 20 to achieve.
"If that doesn't happen, the government will declare the country in a state of danger, the DPR and MPR (lower and upper houses of parliament) will be dissolved, and elections will be held within one year."
A state of danger is conditional for the declaration of a state of emergency under Indonesian law.
Wahid has repeatedly threatened to declare a state of emergency to counter moves by his political foes.
MPR chairman Amien Rais responded to Wahid's latest threat by warning that impeachment hearings could be brought forward from the scheduled starting date of August 1 – JAKARTA (AFP)
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