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Yudhoyono's challenges ahead

Results are still trickling in from more remote regions, but there can be little doubt now that Indonesia has a new president. What’s more, the challenger, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, appears to have secured victory over the incumbent, Megawati Sukarnoputri, by a whopping margin. Mrs Megawati, who came to power three years ago, seems to have been punished by voters for not delivering the reform agenda she promised. (…) For much of the presidential campaign, security didn’t feature much as an issue. But a bomb attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta on 9 September changed all that. As chief security minister in Mrs Megawati’s government Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was the point man in Indonesia’s war on terror. But there has been no clear indication he will be more willing than his predecessor to tackle the roots of the problem. Full Story

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