Retired Army General Is Sworn In as Indonesian President

A retired army general who holds a doctorate in economics was sworn in Wednesday as Indonesia’s first directly elected president and announced a cabinet that reflected his style as a cautious reformer. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was elected by a landslide one month ago, defeating President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Yudhoyono, 55, begins his five-year term with public expectations running high that he will bring stability to a country that has had four presidents since the longtime dictator, Suharto, was ousted after protests in 1998. Full Story

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