September 20, 2004

WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF DEMOCRACY AND ISLAM?:

Indonesia votes in ex-army general (Matthew Moore, September 21, 2004, The Age)

Indonesian voters have dumped President Megawati Soekarnoputri and elected former army general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the country's sixth president.

The findings of a nationwide sample of the result showed Mr Yudhoyono received around 60 per cent of the vote, well clear of Mrs Megawati's 40 per cent.

"It looks very clear at this point that Indonesia will have SBY (Mr Yudhoyono) as its next president," said Paul Rowland, the resident representative of the US-based National Democratic Institute.

"Anybody would be happy with that kind of victory," said Mr Rowland, whose group has helped with a survey of the results from 2000 polling booths to quickly predict the result.

He said voters had opted for a candidate seen as "firm, honest and somebody who is going to take Indonesia forward".

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 20, 2004 8:00 PM
Comments

So instead of Megawati we now get former general Bambang? I know it's not nice to mock people's names, but it's as if Indonesians choose their leaders based on how funny their names are in English. I'm crushed that he's referred to as "Mr. Yudhoyono": "President Bambang" would be wonderful.

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 20, 2004 10:11 PM

He's got two-thirds of Parliament against him.

Within 6 months, he'll be ruling by decree

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 24, 2004 3:24 PM
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