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Indonesian presidential frontrunner strikes deal with defeated rival

Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who led the first round of Indonesian presidential polls, has agreed to join forces with one of his defeated rivals, a move that could usher in a strategic alliance for the run-off vote. Frontrunner Susilo said he and Amien Rais, who is known as a kingmaker in Indonesian politics, had agreed to “join our thoughts and resources”, although the two had not formed a direct coalition. Both Susilo and his challenger, incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri, have been courting first round losers ahead of the September 20 final vote in the hope of securing the majority they both failed to achieve in the initial poll.Full Story

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