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PacNet #48 – The Indonesian Presidential Election: SBY Cruising to a Second Term?

Not surprisingly, the Indonesian presidential election to be held on July 8 looks differently in Jakarta than from abroad. Foreign observers, bolstered by optimistic polling data, see President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBY as he is familiarly known, cruising to a first-round victory with a majority close to the 61 percent he garnered in 2004.