Thursday, March 9, 2006

Aceh 'Set For Midyear Elections'

There will be elections held in Aceh in May or June 2006.

It is part of a peace deal agreed with separatist rebels. The deal with the rebels from the Free Aceh Movement [GAM] is aimed at ending 26 years of bitter conflict. More than 15,000 people lost their lives.

The peace deal finally came together following the tsunami a year ago, which devastated large parts of the province. More than 120,000 Acehnese were killed in the disaster.

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