Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Yudhoyono said nationalism and patriotism should not be mixed with politics, if they are not to be turned into a political commodity.

"Nationalism and patriotism are the nation's soul and spirit, which cannot be mixed with politics. This must be taken as a principle," the president said on his twitter account on Thursday.

On a number of occasions, the President said the development of democracy in Indonesia was expected to become more and more mature, after passing through a reform process in 1998 and several direct general elections and direct presidential elections.

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