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SBY keeps a firm grip on the Dems

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 31 2013   /  11:35 am
It’s official: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (center) meets his supporters at the Democratic Party extraordinary congress in Sanur, Bali, on Saturday. At the congress, Yudhoyono was appointed the new party chairman. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)(center) meets his supporters at the Democratic Party extraordinary congress in Sanur, Bali, on Saturday. At the congress, Yudhoyono was appointed the new party chairman. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

It’s official: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (center) meets his supporters at the Democratic Party extraordinary congress in Sanur, Bali, on Saturday. At the congress, Yudhoyono was appointed the new party chairman. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday retained full control of his Democratic Party by accepting a proposal that he be elected party chairman by acclaim, avoid in a vote that could have seen him losing the party.

Yudhoyono, who had previously said he would not accept the proposal, now chairs the party’s central executive body and supreme assembly as well as the board of patrons.

“I have repeatedly said this party’s chairmanship should not go to me or my family. However, I heard that many party members wanted me to be chairman. On the other hand, leaving the process of naming the chairman through an election might e...