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Yudhoyono would win Indonesia's run-off Former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono could become the next president of Indonesia, according to a poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI). 68 per cent of respondents would vote for Yudhoyono of the Democratic Party (PDI) in the country’s run-off election.

Posted in Elections @ 30 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt won't charge Bashir over Bali bombs Indonesia won't charge the cleric Abu Bakar Bashir in connection with the Oct. 12, 2002, bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, the Associated Press reported today, citing Detective Chief Suyitno Landung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pirates open fire on gas tanker in Indonesia Pirates armed with automatic weapons opened fire on a gas tanker moored at an Indonesian port before boarding the craft and stealing equipment, a maritime crime watchdog reported Wednesday. No one was injured in the attack Monday on the tanker moored at Anyer port on the western tip of Java island, the International Maritime Bureau reported. The vessel was carrying liquefied petroleum gas.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Customers to pay fee for routine electrical inspection Households in the Greater Jakarta area will have to pay a fee of Rp 40,000 to Rp 60,000 (about EUR 5,40), starting next month, for a routine check on their domestic electrical supply to help maintain safety, an official said. "Incorrect installation of electrical facilities can cause accidents, including fire. A routine check on the facility can protect customers," Johnny Simandjuntak, operational director at the Directorate General of Electricity said on Monday.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build new port in Jakarta Indonesia will build a new port in Jakarta with an investment of US$500 million (Rp4.5 trillion) using Japanese technology. Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso said Jakarta's old port, Tanjung Priok, has not been expanded after 150 years in operation and is no longer efficient. The new port, called Jakarta New Port, will facilitate exports and imports via Jakarta, the governor said after inaugurating the start of construction on Monday.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






New clashes kill seven in Aceh province Five suspected separatist rebels and two civilians have been killed in the latest violence in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh province, according to the military. Two of the five Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fighters were shot dead in separate encounters, Aceh military spokesman Asep Sapari said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, US sign open-skies agreement The US and Indonesian governments have signed an open-skies agreement that removes restrictions on the frequency of air transport services between the two countries. The agreement was signed Monday in Bali by US Communications Minister Norman Y Mineta and ad interim Communications Minister Soenarno.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says will proceed with Bashir case Indonesia said on Monday it would continue with plans to prosecute Abu Bakar Bashir, suspected spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, despite a court ruling curbing anti-terrorism laws. Bashir, 65, is in detention waiting for prosecutors to bring formal charges against him. He was detained on April 30 after spending 18 months in jail for minor immigration offences.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo tops first round of Indonesia vote Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono topped the first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential election and will face incumbent Megawati Soekarnoputri in a September run-off, the election commission (KPU) said on Monday. Susilo, who rose from rank outsider to hot favorite after resigning from Megawati's cabinet during a heated row earlier this year, had the highest number of votes but less than the 50 percent needed to prevent the Sept. 20 run-off, election commission officials said. Megawati came second in the race among five candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 26 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosion near Indonesia election commission A small blast has been heard outside Indonesia's election commission building as officials prepared to announce the results of the presidential elections. Dozens of students were demonstrating outside the Indonesian election commission (KPU) building in central Jakarta on Monday when the blast was heard, said witnesses.

Posted in Elections @ 26 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Provisional results Presidential election @ 25 july 21:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 21:00 p.m. Monday Jakarta time. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 106.907.594

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] S. Sumatra shaken by 7.2 earthquake Location map of the 7.2 quakeA major earthquake occurred at 14:35:18 (UTC) on Sunday, July 25, 2004. The magnitude 7.2 event has been located in SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) This according to USGS.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court overturns anti-terror law Indonesia's constitutional court has overturned the country's tough anti-terror law. Friday's decision casts doubt on recent convictions, in particular those involving the deadly bomb attack on the island of Bali in 2002. In a five to four majority decision, the judges ruled that Indonesia's anti-terror law is unconstitutional. The decision could affect the convictions of more than 30 alleged terrorists, including the men convicted of killing more than 200 people in the Bali nightclub bombing of 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has new bird flu cases, says under control Bird flu has re-emerged in Indonesia's East Java, killing nearly 2000 chickens, but the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday the deadly virus that ravaged Asian poultry flocks early this year was under control. "In June, we had new cases in Tulung Agung in East Java province killing 1760 chickens. However, there were no fresh cases from the other provinces in the country," said ministry spokesman Hari Priono.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five die in Indonesia after eating puffer fish A family of five died and nine others were sickened in Indonesia after eating parts of a puffer fish during a communal cookout, police said Wednesday. Soon after consuming the fish on the island of Flores, the five - including a 9-year-old boy, his father and grandfather - began vomiting and died on the scene, according to Sgt. Dewo of the East Flores police department.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore launch maritime security patrols Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are launching coordinated patrols to improve security in the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. The waterway is already notorious for piracy and there is increasing concern it could become a target for terrorists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blast kills one, hurts two in Sumatra An explosion killed one man and wounded two other people on Tuesday in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, police said. National police spokesman Paiman said the blast occured before dawn in a village in the South Binjai district, near the country's third-largest city of Medan. "It happened when people were still sleeping in a hut in the middle of fields far from anywhere. One man died in the incident," the police general said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HM Sampoerna 1H Sales IDR8.15T Vs IDR6.99T PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna (HMSP.JK) Monday said its first half sales this year rose 17% on year to 8.15 trillion rupiah (EUR1=IDR11,088), mostly on stronger cigarette sales. Indonesia's second largest cigarette producer's sales rose from IDR6.99 trillion in the first half of 2003, Sampoerna said in a statement. During the first six months of this year, it sold 20.2 billion sticks of cigarettes, up 14% from 17.7 billion a year earlier.

Posted in Economy @ 19 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen attack Palu church, kill minister Unidentified gunmen burst into a Christian church in central Indonesia and opened fire, killing the female minister and wounding four worshippers, police said Monday. The killing took place in Palu, central Sulawesi province, which has been hit by sporadic violence between Muslims and Christians since 2001. At least 1,000 people have been killed.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 1,000 lose homes in Kebon Melati inferno Siti Rohayah's eyes were brimming with tears while she watched firefighters struggling to put out the fire that destroyed her home on Wednesday morning in the Kebon Melati subdistrict, Central Jakarta. The 30-year-old mother, who is expecting her eighth baby in several days, lost everything in the fire. Helped by her mother Umayah, 55, she rescued her children from the fire that quickly spread from one house to another. Her husband, Umar Faruk, was still working at the nearby Tanah Abang market when the incident took place.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 July 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious assassins kill Bondowoso PDI-P executive Suwarjo, 60, an executive with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) Bondowoso branch, and his wife and son were found murdered in the family home on Wednesday. The police are looking into whether the murders were political motivated or were a case of revenge. The police have ruled out robbery as being behind the murders, as no valuables were stolen.

Posted in Elections @ 15 July 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosions rock Bandung gambling dens, damage cars Two homemade bombs exploded simultaneously at two gambling centers in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday, damaging several cars. No injuries were reported. Police were quick to say that the blasts that occurred at around 10:30 a.m. were not linked to any terrorist group. But the motive behind the incidents remains unclear. The first bomb exploded at a gambling and prostitution house near the former Braga Hotel in the crowded Jl. Braga area, while the second explosion took place 100 meters away in the third floor of Hotel Eterna.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 July 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign investment in Indonesia down Foreign direct investment in Indonesia fell by almost 35 percent in the first half of the year, underscoring the troubles facing the country's economy, the government said Wednesday. The country's official investment board did not provide any reason for the drop to US$3.05 billion from US$4.65 billion invested over the same period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes kill 15 rebels in Aceh At least 15 separatist rebels have been killed in the latest bloodshed in Indonesia's province of Aceh, where thousands have died in decades of simmering violence, the official news agency Antara reported on Wednesday. Antara, quoting army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Asep Sapari, said violence erupted between members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and security forces on Tuesday in five areas of Aceh, which lies on western tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien Rais says shocked by defeat in presidential election National Assembly Speaker Amien Rais said he was shocked by his defeat in Indonesia's presidential election. With almost 104 million votes, or around 82 percent of the total, tallied after the July 5 first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential polls, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had 34 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 15 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine crew missing off Indonesia after pirate attack Nine crew members of a ship were missing after pirates threw them overboard in Indonesian waters, just a few days before military patrols begin in the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's strategic shipping lanes, an ocean crime watchdog said on Wednesday. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said the attack occurred on a tug called the Global Semesta Satu in the Bangka Straits, south of the Strait of Malacca on Sunday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 12 july 22:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 22:00 p.m. Monday Jakarta time. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 95.950.549

Posted in Elections @ 12 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt reaffirms sovereignty over Papua The government has brushed aside any questions about the legitimacy of the 1964 UN-sponsored self-determination vote in Papua, saying current standards should not be applied to past events. Commenting on the recent release by the U.S. of a document that shows Washington in 1964 dismissed the vote as a sham, Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the disclosure would do nothing to change the status of Papua as part of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 12 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks clarification on embassy bugging in Myanmar The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was seeking clarification from Myanmar on whether it tapped the Indonesian Embassy's phones in Yangon, an official said on Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Yuri Thamrin said the government would summon Myanmar Ambassador to Indonesia U Kyaw Myint to give information needed. "We will also send a diplomatic note to Myanmar's foreign ministry for clarification. We will not recklessly respond to the incident," Thamrin said.

Posted in Politics @ 12 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck rolls into wedding party in Ambarawa, killing 17 A driver-less truck loaded with cement rolled backward into a wedding party on Indonesia's Java island, killing 17 guests and injuring 12 others, police said Monday. The driver was repairing the truck when it overran wooden chocks placed behind its wheels and slid 20 meters (65 feet) down a slight hill into the party on Sunday, said Capt. Kusnoto, who goes by a single name.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On my motorbike, enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian landscape – preferrably outside the cities – I see a lot of strange things. At least, they are strange in my western point of view. Some things make me wonder how they even got there.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police question terror suspects over Bali bombings Police in Indonesia say one of seven terrorism suspects arrested last week is suspected of hiding a fugitive Malaysian explosives expert linked with the Bali bombings. Police on the resort island say investigators have begun questioning five of the suspects about their possible involvement in the October 2002 nightclub attacks that killed 202 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UK drops Indonesia travel warning The British government has dropped advice urging its nationals to avoid nonessential travel to Indonesia as part of a worldwide review aimed at making terror advisories "more credible." London issued its Indonesia travel warning in October 2002, after al-Qaida linked militants bombed two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali killing more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Market drops over fear Susilo may lose The Jakarta stock market fell on Thursday, with some analysts saying an key factor was fears "market favorite" Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono might fail to win the president's job. The Jakarta Composite Index ended lower by 1.54 percent or 11.92 points, to 759.742, on volume of 1.72 billion shares traded worth Rp 908.78 billion (US$101 million). Stock analyst Fendi A. Susiyanto of BNI Securities said the decline was attributable to profit-taking by investors following concerns Susilo might lose the runoff on Sept. 20 to incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri or Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army general faces 10 years in jail over 1984 Tanjung Priok massacre Government prosecutors on Thursday demanded a 10-year imprisonment for an Indonesian army general charged with human rights abuses for the military's alleged role in the massacre of more than 30 Muslim protesters in 1984. Chief prosecutor Dharmono told Indonesia's ad-hoc human rights court in Jakarta that Maj.Gen. Sriyanto Muntrasan had been proven guilty of committing human rights violations in the massacre which occurred on September 12, 1984, in North Jakarta's Tanjung Priok slum neighbourhood.

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 08 july 18:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 18:00 p.m. Thursday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 79.054.655

Posted in Elections @ 08 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 07 july 22:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 22:00 p.m. Wednesday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 70.692.339

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa changes for Dutch visitors to Indonesia Starting from today, visa regulations for Dutch visitors to Indonesia have changed. Dutch tourists can now - only - apply for a 60-day-tourist visa which replaced the recently instated 30-day-visa today. The tourist visa will still be non-extendable and overstay still can be fined with USD 30 a day and a possiblility that you are barred from entering the country again in the future.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 July 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many of Amien supporters in N. Sumatra vow not to vote on Sept. 20 If the National Mandate Party's Amien Rais and Siswono Yudohusodo fail to advance to the second round of Indonesia's presidential election, their supporters in North Sumatra province have promised not to vote during the run-off on Sept 20. It would be much better for us to stay away from the polling stations and not to channel our political aspirations, if Amien and Siswono fail to make it to the second round, some employees of private companies here said on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7 missing in bad weather while delivering election material in Mentawai islands Seven people have gone missing in bad weather while transporting presidential election material by boat to an Indonesian island, the navy said Wednesday. There has been no information since Saturday about the boat which was taking three poll officials, four policemen and the material from Tuapejat town on Sipora island to Siberut island, said Sergeant Major Darmansyah of the navy base in Padang on Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panwaslu: Double puncture spoils a good poll The Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) hailed on Tuesday the country's first direct presidential election as peaceful and democratic, but warned that the use of nonpermanent ink and double perforation of ballot papers could reduce the quality of the poll. "We should be grateful that the election was generally free of violence despite tensions in many poll stations over the use of nonpermanent ink and the immediate validation of double perforations on ballot papers," committee member Didik Supriyanto said.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 07 july 11:00 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 57.753.908

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono wins, but second-round vote likely Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won Indonesia's presidential race with 33.2% of the vote, but the General Election Commission believes millions of ballots may be invalid. Election officials ordered a national vote recount after early results showed "tens of millions" of votes might have been spoiled in Monday’s inaugural presidential elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cash flow critical, but fuel problems resolved State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina said the fuel supply problems that have been affecting some areas of the country were due to technical problems rather than low fuel stocks. The company gave assurances that national fuel stocks were sufficient and that the supply problems had been resolved. "There is no fuel shortage at present. The latest problem, which occurred two weeks ago and affected a few areas, is due to technical problems," Hanung Budya Yukyanta, the company's spokesman, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 06 july 18:30 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 18:30 p.m. Tuesday. The number of votes are those which are processed until this time and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now. The number of counted votes is 39.386.772

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 06 july 11:30 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 9:50 p.m. on Monday. The number of votes are those which are processed until 9:50 and do not represent a regional result. The results below are based on a total of 15.942.896 counted votes. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now.

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 05 july 21:50 Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of 9:50 p.m. on Monday. The number of votes are those which are processed until 9:50 and do not represent a regional result. The complete and final ballot count is expected to be announced within two weeks from now.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recount ordered in poll chaos Indonesia's election authority last night ordered a nationwide recount of votes as the country's first direct presidential election descended into confusion over millions of votes wrongly declared invalid. A spokeswoman for the General Election Commission, Sinta Satriana, told the Herald recounting would take place in all 32 provinces in an attempt to work out the total votes for each of the five pairs of presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results Presidential election @ 05 july 18:20 Presidential election provisional result as of Monday, July 7, 2004 at 6:20 p.m.:

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Susilo warns of possible violence if vote goes to second round Front-runner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono cast his ballot on Monday in Indonesia's first direct presidential election and warned of the threat of violence if the contest goes to a second-round runoff. The ex-general, who had 43.5 percent support in a survey published last week, needs more than 50 percent to avoid the runoff on Sept. 20 between the top two candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voters complain about ink quality Voters in Greater Jakarta complained on Monday about the quality of the indelible ink used for the presidential election, claiming the ink easily washed off their hands. "I was able to wash off the ink with water right after casting my vote," said Julaeha of Margahayu subdistrict in East Bekasi district, Bekasi, West Java. Julaeha voted at polling station No. 63. Similar complaints were heard at other polling stations in the Margahayu and Jati Makmur subdistricts.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polls close in Indonesia Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared in the lead as polls closed in Indonesia's presidential election Monday, but a runoff is still expected. Public opinion surveys show incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri trailing behind Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from Megawati's Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia voting in first direct presidential poll Indonesians today began voting in their first direct presidential election, six years after the fall of dictator Suharto. Polls opened first in Papua province in eastern Indonesia, two hours ahead of the capital of Jakarta. Public opinion surveys have shown incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri – daughter of the country’s founding father, Sukarno – trailing behind to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from her Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singing general poised to win Hafi, a 35-year-old businessman, is nostalgic for the old days of military dictatorship in Indonesia. Six years after the democratic overthrow of military ruler Suharto, he is fed up with the turmoil that he blames on civilian leadership. And so on Monday he will vote for one of Suharto's former generals, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a charismatic populist who has soared dramatically to the top of the polls in Indonesia's presidential contest.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati says she set foundation for development Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri, in her last televised debate before seeking re- election on Monday, said her three-year-old government set the foundation for the country's economic recovery. ``As a nation, we are required to continue the development that we have achieved so far or to start from a new beginning,'' she told a panel on the all-news MetroTV channel. ``The answer will certainly be -- to continue to develop from a strong foundation, to reduce poverty, provide more jobs and improve people's welfare.''

Posted in Elections @ 01 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, E Timor sign border demarcation accord Indonesia and its former province of East Timor have signed an accord to mark their border, just two years after independence. The foreign ministers from East Timor and Indonesia signed the border demarcation agreement Wednesday in Jakarta, where The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 01 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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