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Yudhoyono Wins in Indonesia with Moderate, Pro-Democracy Line

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has won another five-year term in office, signaling voters' rejection of opposition campaigns that promised tough government and promoted nationalism and big business interests.

A craving for stability and success in holding regional terrorist threats at bay, coupled with a comparatively sound economy, was behind the victory. The election, widely viewed as free and fair, was also considered a major step forward for the democratic process in the world's largest Muslim country. ...

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