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Indonesia’s Yudhoyono confirms running for second term
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said late Sunday he will seek a second term in the presidential election next year so to complete his political and economic reforms, reported Kyodo news agency.
"I will rerun for the presidency in 2009," Yudhoyono said during a Muslim fasting occasion. "I will thank to God if I get an opportunity to complete the reforms I have made."
In many surveys, Indonesia has been consistently ranked one of the most corrupt countries in the world in almost all its state institutions, including law enforcement.
But corruption cases in the country have been significantly reduced under Yudhoyono's leadership, during which high-profile scandals have been brought to court.
In its latest report in June, the World Bank found governance in Indonesia has improved substantially over the last decade due in part to reform push by its leaders.
During the Sunday occassion, Yudhoyono indicated he may run again with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
"About my running mate, it is still too early to say who, but it is very possible that I will run again with Mr. Jusuf Kalla," Yudhoyono said.
Indonesia will hold a legislative election April 9. It will be followed by a presidential election but no date has been determined yet.