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Jakarta Post

Candidates hold early presidential poll rallies

  • Adianto P. Simamora and Andi Hajramurni


JAKARTA, MAKASSAR   /   Mon, March 23 2009   /  09:26 am

Outdoor rallies for the April 9 legislative polls have continued to turn into early campaigns for the July 8 presidential poll, with the General Elections Commission (KPU) not sounding any warning bells. "Long live the Democratic Party and oppoki [reelect] SBY," yelled thousands of people who thronged Mattoangin Stadium in the South Sulawesi capital Makassar, as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono headlined his party's rally Sunday at the hometown of competitor and Vice President Jusuf Kalla. The rally lived up to its billing as a presidential campaign for Yudhoyono, as the incumbent expounded on his administration's successes. “We are determined to carry on the country’s development, to maintain the good things and fix the shortcomings,” he said. Yudhoyono, the Democratic Party's chief patron and presidential candidate, concluded his campaign with th...