Indonesia says banking operations remain normal despite unrest

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JAKARTA, May 23 (Reuters) - Indonesian banks have operated without disruption despite civil unrest in parts of the capital city since Tuesday, the central bank governor said, adding that he didn't think the skirmishes had prompted capital outflows.

"In places where the riots happened, not only banking but other activities were disrupted, but the banking operation has remained normal," Perry Warjiyo told a news briefing on financial stability on Thursday.

Warjiyo, who reiterated his commitment to support the rupiah IDR=, also said the outflows that pushed the currency to its weakest level in 2019 a day earlier were caused by global factors, rather than the riots in Jakarta.

The rupiah rebounded 0.2% to 14,485 a dollar at 0610 GMT on Thursday. The main stock index .JKSE rose 1.5% on the back of solid domestic investors buys.

(Reporting by Tabita Diela Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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