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SBY travels to Karawang

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made an unannounced visit to a poor fishermen and farmers village in Karawang, West Java on Monday.

In Sukajaya village, Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono directly met with the some of the local fishermen and engaged in conversation with them.

Yudhoyono's entourage then traveled to the nearby Rawa Gempol Wetan village, where the President met with local farmers, who were harvesting their crops.

Karawang is known as one of the country's main rice-producing centers.

In recent months, Yudhoyono has made many impromptu visits to some of the country's poor villages, which many have said was inspired by popular Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's frequent trips to the city's corners.

Analysts have said that Yudhoyono's change of style was motivated by the necessity to drum up support for his Democratic Party, which was recently hit by graft scandals.

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