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Megawati gives SBY cold shoulder at Sukarno event

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 8 2012   /  10:53 am
Presidential powwow: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono greets former president Megawati Soekarnoputri at an event to mark the declaration of her father, Sukarno, and Mohammad Hatta as National Heroes. (Presidential Office/Abror Rizki)(Presidential Office/Abror Rizki)

Presidential powwow: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono greets former president Megawati Soekarnoputri at an event to mark the declaration of her father, Sukarno, and Mohammad Hatta as National Heroes. (Presidential Office/Abror Rizki)More than two years after their last meeting in 2010, chair of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Megawati Soekarnoputri made a conciliatory gesture toward President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono by turning up at the State Palace to receive the National Hero title
bestowed on her father, Sukarno.

Megawati, present in body if not mind, gave Yudhoyono the cold shoulder and appeared distant and aloof as the President acknowledged her presence.

While Yudhoyono gave his speech, praising what Sukarno had done for the country, Megawati only occasionally set her sights on the President, who stood directly in front of her, but was other...