Posted by: Chuck | September 20, 2013

Indonesian president struggles to find successor

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Beset by a foundering economy and graft investigations into senior members of his party, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is struggling to find a successor. Yudhoyono, 64, is due to step down in 2014 after he reaches his limit of two five-year terms at the helm of Southeast Asia’s largest economy. For much of the early part of his rule, Yudhoyono and his party were wildly popular, seen as reformers in a country tired of prolific graft. Eleven names floated by his Democratic Party on Sunday to replace him reflect a dramatically changed reality: a party mired in corruption scandals and dwarfed by more popular rivals and a dearth of candidates with enough appeal across the country, a strung-out archipelago of 250 million people. In a country where politics are often dominated by personalities rather than ideologies, the Democratic Party’s candidate convention, which includes relatively unknown figures such as Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan and Yudhoyono’s brother-in-law, Pramono Edhie Wibowo, is unlikely to pose a threat to early front runners in next year’s presidential race. (Source: Reuters News 9/16/13)




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