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Ani Yudhoyono, from daughter of Army general to first lady

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, June 1, 2019   /  05:17 pm
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Former first lady Ani Yudhoyono visits a jewelry exhibition.(AFP/Adek Berry)

Kristiani Herrawati met Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the early 1970s, when Yudhoyono was a military cadet and her father, Lieut. Gen. (ret) Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, the governor of the Military Academy (AKABRI). Many say it was bold for Yudhoyono to have approached Ani, as she was fondly called. Ani said in a recent interview with Kompas TV senior journalist Rosiana Silalahi that it was love at first sight for her.  “To me, he looked different [compared] to most of my friends. He was tall and very charismatic. I thought to myself, this guy will do,” she said, smiling.  Amid a budding romantic relationship between the two, Ani had to leave Indonesia for South Korea in her third year of medical school at Indonesia’s Christian University in Jakarta, after her father was appointed Indonesian ambassador to South Korea. They got engaged before the family lef...