Indonesian Government Confident that Aceh Gubernatorial Elections Will Be Held in August 2006

The peace agreement between the government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) stipulated that a new Aceh governing law be passed by March and elections be held in April. Although the slow pace of parliamentary deliberations has meant that both deadlines have been missed, the peace process remains on track. The government is aiming to have elections take place in August.

Following a visit by the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he will ask the EU—the lead force behind the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) overseeing the peace process—to extend AMM’s presence until August to oversee the elections. Initially, AMM’s mandate was to end in March, but has already been extended to mid-June.

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Nancy-Amelia Collins, “Indonesia Says Aceh Elections to Be Held in August,” Voice of America News, 24 April 2006.