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Kalla congratulates SBY as coalition hunt begins

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Sat, April 11 2009   /  10:04 am
Delayed democracy: A Polling Station Working Committee (KPPS) member holds up a ballot in a repeat legislative election in Nusukan subdistrict, Surakarta, Central Java, on Friday. The authorities cancelled the elections in Nusukan after realizing the ballots were invalid because they were designated for other regions. (Antara/Andika Betha)(KPPS) member holds up a ballot in a repeat legislative election in Nusukan subdistrict, Surakarta, Central Java, on Friday. The authorities cancelled the elections in Nusukan after realizing the ballots were invalid because they were designated for other regions. (Antara/Andika Betha)

Delayed democracy: A Polling Station Working Committee (KPPS) member holds up a ballot in a repeat legislative election in Nusukan subdistrict, Surakarta, Central Java, on Friday. The authorities cancelled the elections in Nusukan after realizing the ballots were invalid because they were designated for other regions. (Antara/Andika Betha) Politicians got back to wheeling and dealing with potential allies Friday as the all-important task of forming coalitions for the presidential election got underway.  

Symbolic meetings were abound as major parties assessed their losses and gains from Thursday's elections.    Reeling from a disappointing result, Vice President and Golkar Party chairman Jusuf Kalla effectively conceded his party’s “defeat” by personally congratulating President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after Friday prayers on the Democratic Party’s...