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Sultan seeks support from Cirebon palaces

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 7 2009   /  02:31 pm

Presidential candidate Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X (HB X) of Yogyakarta Palace visited influential palaces of Kasepuhan, Kacirebonan and Kanoman Sultanates in Cirebon, West Java on Thursday, in a bid to win political support from the prominent kingdoms in the upcoming election. Although the Sultan insisted the visits were not of a political nature, at least two elites from his Golkar Party - Enggartiasto Lukita and Syamsul Mu'arif - were seen accompanying him during the course of his tour. "Palaces are not political institutions. This is just a friendship visit and I am not here campaigning for the presidency. The time to campaign has not yet arrived," the Sultan said. Speaking at a press conference, the Sultan said he had not yet decided who his running mate would be, claiming he would announce his decision after the legislative election on April 9. The presidential elect...