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Jakarta Post

Issues of the day: SBY receives knighthood in UK

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, November 1 2012   /  09:38 am

Oct. 30, p. 2

During his three-day visit to the United Kingdom, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is to be given a prestigious honor by Queen Elizabeth II, in spite of a plan by activists for Papua to make a “citizens arrest” against him.

The title given by the Queen may make activists think twice about arresting Yudhoyono. The Queen is expected to bestow the Honorary Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, an award that has been given to former US president Ronald Reagan, former French president Jacques Chirac and Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

The award is the highest rank of one of the oldest orders of British chivalry.

Presidential spokesperson for foreign affairs Teuku Faizasyah said on Monday that receiving the award from the Queen would only be one of Yudhoyono’s activities in London.

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