The sweeping new security laws passed by the Indonesian Parliament on Thursday have been suspended following violent
clashes on the streets of Jakarta in which at least four protestors and one policeman have died.
The climb-down by the Indonesian Military was accompanied by a statement from armed forces Chief General Wiranto saying
that "half the people" did not understand the new law and a consultation would be undertaken.
This followed a decision from President B.J.Habibe not to sign the legislation into law.
Several opposition parties have said it is their intention to repeal the new law as a priority once the new Indonesian
Parliament is sworn in.
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