After the downfall of the New Order regime, a series of reforms were launched, one of which is the attempt at abolishing the role of the military (TNI) in politics otherwise known as its dual function or Dwifungsi ABRI (the previous name of the TNI). The civilian leadership that took control of the government post-Soeharto, succeeded in taking away the Military’s ability to intervene in politics. But it didn’t quite manage to reduce the military’s influence. The reason for that being the failure to abolish the military’s territorial command structure.
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