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Insight: The fluidity of Islam and Yudhoyono's presidential triumph

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 11 2009   /  12:49 pm

Again, for the second time this year, the moment of truth is finally here. On July 8, just three hours after the polling stations closed, who would likely serve as Indonesia's president for the next five years was already known. Not only that, based on several quick count results Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono captured the victory of the 2009 presidential election by a landslide. With it, speculations over the merit, value, and objectivity of the polls and surveys that had consistently put Yudhoyono on the top, as well as his two contenders Megawati Soekarnoputri and Jusuf Kalla, were left behind. But of course the legality and constitutionality of Yudhoyono's triumph must wait until the General Elections Commission (KPU) completes the official counting of the ballots. The waiting period could be much longer if the losing candidates decide to go to the Constitutional Court to contest...