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Jakarta Post

Cikeas: Soeharto’s Jl. Cendana redux

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 18 2011   /  08:00 am

New start?: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (fourth left) makes a statement about the Cabinet reshuffle from his home in Cikeas in Bogor, West Java, as Vice President Boediono (fifth left) and Yudhoyono's coalition partners look on. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s luxurious home in the Puri Cikeas Indah housing complex in Bogor, West Java, has the same resonance as the private residence of former dictator Soeharto on the once-sacred Jl. Cendana in Jakarta.

Most Indonesians associate Cikeas with Yudhoyono. His sons, Agus Harimurti and Edhie “Ibas” Baskoro, have been dubbed “The Princes of Cikeas”, recalling Soeharto’s youngest son, Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra, who was called “The Prince of Cendana”.

History unfolded in Cikeas several times, including when Yuhoyono announced his runs for president in 2004 and 2009, and when he eventually delivere...