susilo bambang yudhoyono
Indonesian Pres. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, commonly known as SBY, had a strong mandate for pushing through reforms in 2005. He had won a landslide election victory over incumbent Pres. Megawati Sukarnoputri in September 2004, garnering 61% of the vote, to become Indonesia's sixth president and the first to be popularly elected. His election gave rise to high expectations, both within Indonesia and in the international community. A Western-educated former general, Yudhoyono was widely seen as possessing the personal traits and professional skills necessary to restore prosperity and stability to the country. He was fluent in English and well versed in economics, and his military background was seen as an asset in dealing with Indonesia's many security problems. He entered office with an ambitious reform agenda, which included promises to accelerate economic growth, crack down on corruption and terrorism, and strengthen democracy and human rights.
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