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Mrs. Ani Susilo Yudhoyono

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Vice President


Employment History

  • Prime Minister
  • Friend Deputy Defence Minister

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Gang of Nine
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indonesia wikileak cables president yudhoyono [cached]
"Yudhoyono's remarks left the public critical of his leadership and provided no clear end to these continuing issues," the paper quoted one cable as saying.
In one cable sent in November of 2009, Yudhoyono was criticized as failing to quell the growing and soon to be major crisis involving alleged attempts to bring down the nation's respected Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in the infamous cicak (gecko) versus buaya (alligator) scandal.
The cable said Yudhoyono, in response to the scandal and another involving the Bank Century case, had only provided authorities with "vague guidance" for the police and Attorney General's Office. "Yudhoyono's remarks left the public critical of his leadership and provided no clear end to these continuing issues." The cable also noted that the "controversies have sidetracked Yudhoyono's plans to use his first 100 days to develop an action orientated program for the next years." Yudhoyono has previously been forced to deny allegations contained in US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks of improper conduct, including that his family had received money from banking and construction tycoon Tomy Winata. It was also alleged that the president used Indonesian intelligence to spy on his political rivals.
This time it's not about abusing power by Yudhoyono, but the ministers under his rule.
Coordinating Minister of economy Hatta Raja mentioned as a strong ally of Yudhoyono although not considered to have a track record of economic reform.
Not yet clear is, unlike the case of "abusing power" that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald that reportedly could make first lady Ani Yudhoyono moved to tears.
Mr and Mrs Yudhoyono did not meet President and Mrs. Obama upon
The Ambassador would not comment publicly on the leaked cables but praised Mr Yudhoyono's record in office.
They have been vehemently denied by Dr Yudhoyono and people cited in the cables as sources. Mr Obama was to have telephoned Dr Yudhoyono on Friday but ''when the WikiLeaks thing broke, it didn't happen'', said one source, adding the purpose of the call was to discuss the approaching East Asia Summit in Indonesia.
It is believed the US cancelled the call after discussions with officials from Dr Yudhoyono's palace. Last night, speaking for the first time about the WikiLeaks cables, Dr Yudhoyono labelled the allegations untrue and a character assassination. ''Believe me, I am accountable for what I do. I, God willing, will continue to maintain the integrity because that is my duty as leader of this country,'' he said.
But US-Indonesian relations have been strained by the cables and their reports Dr Yudhoyono blocked a corruption probe into political powerbroker Taufik Kiemas, used intelligence services to spy on rivals and received funding from businessman Tomy Winata through a middleman.
An analyst with the political consultancy LSI Burhanudin Muhtadi said Dr Yudhoyono was angry about the cables. ''SBY sees himself as an international darling,'' he said. ''He is very upset that the US embassy in Indonesia was spying on him and reporting in such an improper and unhappy manner.''
Instead of enjoying what should be a triumphant second term after winning re-election in 2009, President Yudhoyono is mired in political scandal and parliamentary intrigue.
Rumors that a potential shake-up in the governing coalition could bring Prabowo Subianto into government have caused alarm among Indonesian moderates. Gen. Prabowo was head of the Indonesian army's special forces unit during the Suharto era, during which they were implicated in human rights abuses. The image of the popular Mr. Yudhoyono negotiating with such a figure has his political opponents licking their chops.
Meanwhile, human rights advocates are alarmed by the Yudhoyono government's tepid responses to videotaped evidence of horrific human rights abuses committed by Indonesian security forces in Papua last year. American policy makers are also privately grousing about the difficulty of cooperation with their Indonesian counterparts. On issues from promotion of democracy in Burma to security cooperation, the U.S. has found Indonesian responses disappointing and the authorities difficult to deal with.
Mr. Yudhoyono also has responded weakly to resurgent Islamists, who seem intent on setting the agenda in the absence of his leadership. After a gruesome video surfaced in February of three members of the Muslim religious minority Ahmadiyah sect being attacked during prayers and beaten to death, the president issued a faint condemnation and call for an investigation, but has done little to protect the group. He finally spoke out after a series of letter bombs sent to moderate political and religious figures in recent weeks targeted a member of his own party. The bombs, which police have linked to a splinter group of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist organization, seem to have shaken Mr. Yudhoyono, but whether this will lead to more aggressive political leadership against Indonesia's Islamists remains an open question.
Rather than a triumphant second term, Mr. Yudhoyono, who has been president since October 2004, seems to be encountering a phenomenon well known to American politicians: the "seven-year itch.
Mr. Yudhoyono himself seems at a loss as to how to regain his mojo. He is now seen preoccupied with shuffling seats in the legislature and playing to his voter galleries, including dangerous groups such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI).
Unfortunately, Mr. Yudhoyono's crisis of confidence comes at a time when Indonesia is hitting a tricky passage in its democratization.
Mr. Yudhoyono is facing a vicious cycle: The more he is seen getting his hands dirty with retail politics and legislative horse-trading, the further he diminishes his brand as a clean and forceful leader. That in turn only reduces his political effectiveness.
To regain momentum in the final years of his presidency, Mr. Yudhoyono should draw lessons from successful two-term American presidents. He needs to delegate more of the nitty-gritty of politics to trusted deputies, and devote his effort to public leadership on over-arching policy responses that address Indonesia's domestic economic, social and security issues in ways that reinforce liberalizing trends.
Indonesians voted for Mr. Yudhoyono because they wanted a leader who could take their democracy to the next level. He has three years left, which is enough time to make an indelible mark on Indonesia and put the country on a positive trajectory, but only if he has the requisite political will to forge ahead.
The group says it is unhappy about The Age article headlined "Yudhoyono `abused power'", alleging it accuses the president of behaving inappropriately The US cables - leaked exclusively to Fairfax Media and published on Friday in the Herald and The Age - allegedly accused Yuhoyono of trying to influence judges and prosecutors to protect his corrupt political allies.
The published cables also said he used the country's intelligence service to spy on his rivals and that his family were trying to use his political connections for their own financial gains. "The cables did not say Yudhoyono had abused power so their headline was misleading. They cooked up their own story to make our president look bad," Habiburokhman said.
Analysts say the group's move is a knee-jerk reaction with little chance of success. "This is just a form of emotional reaction from the people which is likely to lead nowhere," political analyst Yunarto Wijaya said.
Yudhoyono on Monday said he had been subjected to "character assassination" over the leaked cables. "I don't want to be too reactive and emotional," he told reporters on the sidelines of an international judicial conference in the west Java town ofBogor.
Yudhoyono was responding Monday to recent reports by Australian newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age based on U.S. diplomatic cables and obtained by WikiLeaks.
He told a Cabinet meeting in the West Java town of Bogor that he would use his right to obtain justice through democratic means. He did not elaborate.
The Ambassador would not comment publicly on the leaked cables but praised Mr Yudhoyono's record in office.
They have been vehemently denied by Dr Yudhoyono and people cited in the cables as sources. Mr Obama was to have telephoned Dr Yudhoyono on Friday but ''when the WikiLeaks thing broke, it didn't happen'', said one source, adding the purpose of the call was to discuss the approaching East Asia Summit in Indonesia.
It is believed the US cancelled the call after discussions with officials from Dr Yudhoyono's palace. Last night, speaking for the first time about the WikiLeaks cables, Dr Yudhoyono labelled the allegations untr
Indonesia Today » World, 18 Mar 2011 [cached]
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Accompanied the president are the first lady Ani Yudhoyono, Minister of ESDM Darwin Z Saleh, Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan, Minister of Culture and Tourism Affair Jero Wacik, Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam, Presidential spokesperson Julian A Pasha and Ministry of Foreign Affair spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah who replaced Dino Patti Djalal.
President Yudhoyono viewed the need of conducting art competition for elementary and junior high students.
News in Brief, 4 May 2005 [cached]
Sydney - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived here on Monday evening in accordance with the program of his three-day state visit to Australia.
The president, accompanied by his wife, Ani Yudhoyono, and a few cabinet ministers, arrived at Sydney airport at 05.20 p.m. from Canberra aboard a Garuda Indonesia plane.
On Monday night, Yudhoyono is scheduled to meet with around 250 Indonesians living in Sydney and environs.
On Tuesday morning, he is slated to hold a dialog with Indonesian and Australian businesspeople grouped in the Australia-Indonesia Business Council.
Yudhoyono is visiting Australia on the first leg of a week-long trip which will also take him to New Zealand and East Timor. (Antara)
President Yudhoyono is expected to receive about 20 chief executive officers (CEOs) of several Australian companies later in the afternoon.
Five of them were scheduled to have separated meetings with the president.
Aburizal added that the Australian businessmen were expected to invest in the sectors of agriculture, animal husbandry and mining.
He further said Indonesia has offered a distribution of gas whose reserve was located around the Madura Island in East Java.
The gas exploration, he added, would be carried out jointly by the publicly-listed State Gas Company and the State Oil Company (PT Pertamina) with investment worth US$120 million.
On the animal husbandry sector, Aburizal said, Indonesia hoped Australia would set up a cow-fattening company in East Nusa Tenggara province."Thus we hope Indonesia will not only import live cows but also deal with a cow-fattening project," he said.
He also called on the Australian government to lift its travel warning on the Australians to visit Indonesia in an effort to increase its investment in Indonesia."The revocation of the travel warning is expected to enable more Australians to visit to Indonesia," he said.
He likewise said the Indonesian government is planning to change the function of the National Coordinating Body for Investment (BKPM).
"The president has agreed that the body will no longer serve as an agency issuing investment permits but only serve as a promotion institution," he said.
He hinted that in the future investment permits would be issued by the Trade Ministry.
Aburizal said Indonesia would support Australia to be a member of the East Asian group, besides the 10-member ASEAN, Japan, South Korea and China.
He said some might say Australia would not deserve membership of the group, but Indonesia considered that Australia could be a member of the group.
Aburizal realized that Indonesia's support for Australia to be a member of the East Asia group would be against other ASEAN countries' stance on the matter.
President Yudhoyono and his entourage arrived here on Sunday for a two-day visit aimed at helping bolster the relations between the neighbors. (Antara)
Sydney, April 5 (ANTARA) - Visiting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Tuesday asked Australian companies operating in Indonesia to remain in the country and those that had left to return.
"Welcome to Indonesia and welcome back to Indonbesia," Yudhoyono said at a meeting with Australian businessmen in Sydney.
Be part of it, profit from it, and join us in investing in Indonesia's future," Yudhoyono said.
But the President also said although Indonensia's economic growth would continue to increase, it had to be conceded that foreign investment would still be impeded by a number of constraints.There were various problems the Indonessian government had to solve, among others, the need to reform relationships between the central and regional governments, and overcome the problem of overlapping government regulations and laws.
"I am, of course, aware of the issues that are of concern to foreign investors, and it is my task and my obligation to fix everything," Yudhoyono said, adding that his government was determined to end the graft, bureaucratic bottlenecks and red tape that were hampering foreign investment in his country.
The President also pledged a war on corruption.
"I declare war against corruption and against terrorism for the better future of Indonesia.That's why we have enacted the necessary laws and regulations and have also taken action in approving numbers of corruption cases of government and non-government officials," Yudhoyono said.
To convince the Australian investors, Yudhoyono said he had personally ordered corruption investigation into about 50 government officials including mayors, regional governors and district heads as well as legislators.
Yudhoyono also mentioned his government's efforts to probe illegal logging in the provinces of Papua and Kalimantan.
Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Aburizal Bakrie told newsmen that to overcome bureaucratic obstacles, he was trying to shorten the time investors had to wait for investment permits from 150 to about 30 days.
"We are trying to shorten the procedures to obtain innvestment permits from 150 days to about 30 days," he said, adding that if the process of investment permit was not simplified, the foreign investors concerned would eventually prefer to operate in another country.
Aburizal said scores of Australian investors were in the near future expected to invest in various sectors such as agriculture, animal husbandry, petrochemical and mining in Indonesia. (Antara)
Speaking at a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister John Howard on the first day of his three-day visit in Australia, Yudhoyono emphasized the importance of countries in East Asia to cultivate relationships with Australia.
Before attending the function, President Yudhoyono filled a guest book, expressing his hope that his visit would help to cement bilateral friendship.
Commitment to enhance bilateral partnership was marked with the signing of a Joint Declaration on Comprehencive Partnership by President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister John Howard at the end of the meeting.
We must become strong partners," Yudhoyono said.
The comprehensive partnership, Yudhoyono said, has become a consequence of relations in a complex global situation.
After his visit to Canberra, President Yudhoyono left for Sydney to hold a meeting with the Indonesian community and businessmen there. (Antara)
Yudhoyono said the teaching of Bahasa Indonesia at Australian schools or uiversities should continue because mastery of Bahasa Indonesia could help reduce misunderstandings and incorrect perceptions of Indonesia among Australians.
Laksamana.Net, 17 Feb 2005 [cached]
Yudhoyono said he had never stated that the purpose of his two-day visit to Singapore was to sign an extradition pact, adding the rumors were only confusing the public and could disturb cooperation between the two countries.
He also denied that talks on the on the conclusion of an extradition treaty had stalled.There had definitely been progress in Singapore's attitude on the issue, he said.After years of reticence, Singapore had finally agreed to hold negotiations toward the signing of an extradition treaty, he added.
But he said it was unrealistic to say the treaty could be signed in the near future."While during the past 32 years nothing could be achieved in relation with an extradition pact with Singapore, surely people cannot fairly expect that I could pull it off within the four months I have been in office," he was quoted as saying by Antara.
Former president Megawati Sukarnoputri conveyed Indonesia's desire for an extradition treaty with Singapore to former prime minister Goh Chok Tong in 2002.Goh at that time said an agreement would be difficult because the countries have different legal systems.
Goh's successor Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, after a meeting with Yudhoyono on Tuesday, said his government was committed to concluding an extradition treaty with Indonesia.Negotiations on the treaty started in January and were due to continue in March, he added.
Yudhoyono said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should expand its ties with India, Australia and New Zealand to form a regional grouping in Asia.
ASEAN consists of 10 members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.The association has already established ties with Japan, China and South Korea under the annual ‘ASEAN Plus Three' summit.
"We have to move ahead skillfully, wisely and promptly to do something collectively to respond positively to the changing situation, including the emergence of China and India as new big powers in this region," Yudhoyono was quoted as saying by Antara.
He said that in addition to joining China, Japan and South Korea, "we could expand also our relations and cooperation with India to the west, and also [embrace] Australia and New Zealand to be part of our cooperation".
"I believe we will have opportunity to grow and prosper together, realizing that the big players are also growing in the region," he was quoted as saying by Japan's Kyodo news agency.
He was responding to a question on how Indonesia could respond to the rise of China and India as major economic powers.
ASEAN officials are discussing the make-up of a proposed East Asian Summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur in December 2005.One of the issues is whether to include India, Australia and New Zealand.
Yudhoyono returned to Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon after his three-day state visit to Malaysia and Singapore.
The president's entourage included his wife Ani Yudhoyono, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Aburizal Bakrie, Coordinating Minister for Security, Legal and Political Affairs Widodo Adisutjipto, Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirajuda, Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin, Trade Minister Mari Pangestu, National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi, law expert Muladi and legislator Theo L. Sambuaga.
While in Malaysia, Yudhoyono met with Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to discuss economic ties and the issue of illegal Indonesian migrant workers being expelled.
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