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Pacnet #54 – Two Years of the Yudhoyono Presidency

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) was elected two years ago by 62 percent of voters in Indonesia’s first direct election for the presidency. That was an achievement, and was made possible because he was a new face and quite popular. People were confident that Yudhoyono would bring change and end the malaise that had surrounded the country since the 1997 financial crisis.