Megawati unveils coalition

Megawati unveils coalition

JAKARTA – Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri, fighting to win a fresh term, formally unveiled yesterday a coalition of parties seeking to ensure she stays in power for the next five years.

Megawati faces her former chief security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in a September 20 presidential run-off. She is behind Yudhoyono in opinion polls and will be reliant on other parties to win.The September poll will determine who leads the world’s fourth most populous nation, still struggling to recover from the economic crisis of the late 1990s and deal with violence from separatists and Muslim extremists.”I asked God to show Indonesia what kind of leadership that can advance this nation with a strong and sturdy foundation.My prayers have been answered.Today, we choose to align,” Megawati said in a speech launching the ‘Nationhood Coalition’.- Nampa-ReutersShe is behind Yudhoyono in opinion polls and will be reliant on other parties to win.The September poll will determine who leads the world’s fourth most populous nation, still struggling to recover from the economic crisis of the late 1990s and deal with violence from separatists and Muslim extremists.”I asked God to show Indonesia what kind of leadership that can advance this nation with a strong and sturdy foundation.My prayers have been answered.Today, we choose to align,” Megawati said in a speech launching the ‘Nationhood Coalition’.- Nampa-Reuters

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