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H.E. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

President of Indonesia

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the political leader of the most populous Muslim country in the world (236 million people). Commonly referred to as SBY, he has had marked influence over the country as the first directly elected president of Indonesia, and over the world as a champion of anti-terrorism efforts and a beacon of democracy in the Muslim world. He has been praised both at home and abroad for instituting processes to tackle the widespread corruption in Indonesian public life and in reinforcing the mandate of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).


Beacon of Democracy:

President Yudhoyono came to power after a successful career with the Indonesian National Army as a four-star general—where he was dubbed “the thinking general” for his efforts toward military reform. This reputation, and a pristine political career with the administrations of former Presidents Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri are the basis upon which the Democratic Party was founded in 2001. This new political party was founded on Pancasila: five basic principles (belief in the Oneness of God, just and civilised humanity, the unity of Indonesia, democracy, and social justice) with the goal of launching Yudhoyono’s candidacy for the 2004 elections. Since then, he has become increasingly influential as a beacon of democracy in a country historically marred by corruption and political instability. He was re-elected for a second and final five-year term in October 2009.

Popular Reformist

Besides proposing military reform, President Yudhoyono has been recognised for his efforts to establish regional autonomy laws and resolve the separatist conflict in the Aceh and Papua provinces. He has also been credited for reviving the economy, and for his market-friendly approach to reform. He works closely with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to clean up graft and corruption in Indonesia. The resulting economic and political stability has been attributed to his unique influence and the power of his personal leadership in the country.

Anti-Terrorism Advocate

Yudhoyono’s increasing popularity is due in part to the sincerity with which he actualises his promises to the Indonesian people such as the promises for anti-terrorism enforcement made during his 2004 election campaign. Indonesia has worked closely with Australian intelligence and security forces to quell extremist threats. In March, 2010, he was awarded the Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who said the award was in recognition of the Indonesian leader’s efforts in tracking down the people behind the October, 2002 Bali bomb attack.

In response to the July 2009 hotel bombings in Jakarta, President Yudhoyono has been vigilant about openly condemning the perpetrators as agents of terrorism and simultaneously voiced his dedication to establishing peace and security in Indonesia through programs that target education and poverty-alleviation in key areas where militants may prey on youths.

Connecting with the People

In January 2010, he released a third album of romantic pop songs titled ‘I’m Certain I’ll Make It’. In a message on the album cover, President Yudhoyono said that he liked to use his free time in between his “struggle to serve the country” to “express [his] feelings in the form of arts”. He has also become a regular ‘twitterer’ and has close to 4 million followers.

17,508 The number of Islands that make up Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world, which are split between 33 provinces.
735 The number of languages spoken in Indonesia—the second-largest multilingual population in the world—38 of which have over 100,000 native speakers.
300The number of national and regional leaders tried and found guilty of corruption under his anti-corruption campaign.
President Yudhoyono to leave for Bali - ANTARA
2013-11-06 02:49:37

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to leave Jakarta for Denpasar on Wednesday afternoon for a three-day working visit to attend the 6th Bali Democracy Forum from Nov 6-8, 2013 in Bali.(ANTARA FOTO/Prasetyo Utomo). Related News.

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2013-11-11 07:18:30

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced on Twitter that he plans in December to release a book recounting his experiences as Indonesia's leader over the past nine years as a personal “answer” to his critics and detractors. “In early December, I ...

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should avoid inserting English words ... - Jakarta Post
2013-11-02 03:05:46

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should avoid inserting English words and phrases into his speeches as he holds the key to encouraging the public to speak good Bahasa Indonesia, linguists said. During the closing ceremony of the 10th Bahasa ...

President Yudhoyono approves ambassador Dino`s resignation - ANTARA
2013-11-06 14:55:54

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved Dino Patti Djalals resignation as Indonesian ambassador to the United States, allowing him to focus on the ruling Democratic Partys convention to select its presidential ...

President receives AFEO engineering medal - ANTARA
2013-11-12 12:15:10

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday received an honorary patrons medal from the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) for his success in promoting ASEAN as one of the worlds leading economic ...

President Yudhoyono Outlines Four Points Necessary For Consolidating ... - ANTARA
2013-11-07 06:57:39

Nusa Dua, Bali (Antara News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in his opening remarks at the Sixth Bali Democracy Forum, outlined four points needed for consolidating democracy. "In this regard, I would like to share with you some views based on ...

President chairs consultation meeting on eligible voters` list - ANTARA
2013-11-13 06:44:08

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a consultation meeting on the Eligible Voters List (DPT) with chiefs of state institutions at the State Palace on Wednesday. The meeting started at 10 a.m. local time and discussed the ...

SBY to release autobiography - Jakarta Post
2013-11-12 01:52:39

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has announced that he will write a book about his experiences as the country's president. Yudhoyono made the announcement on his official twitter account @SBYudhoyono. He said that the book, entitled Selalu ...

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to swear in Comr. Gen ... - Jakarta Post
2013-10-25 12:19:20

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to swear in Comr. Gen. Sutarman as the new Indonesian National Police chief at 3 p.m. on Friday, replacing Gen. Timur Pradopo. The President submitted to the House of Representatives on Sept. 27 the ...

President orders investigation of chopper crash - ANTARA
2013-11-11 09:59:52

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono orders the investigation into the causes of the crash of an Army Helicopter MI-17 that killed 13 people in Kalimantan on Saturday. "It is still too premature to draw a conclusion on the causes ...and more »

I have to improve the climate — legal certainties, political stability, law and order, sound tax policies, customs policies, good labor management. I will improve the guarantees to encourage investors.
“God willing, in the next five years, the world will say, ‘Indonesia is something, Indonesia is rising.”.

Birth: 9 September 1949 (Age: 64)

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Influence: Leader of 233.5 million citizens and residents of Indonesia

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Status: Featured in current year

I have to improve the climate — legal certainties, political stability, law and order, sound tax policies, customs policies, good labor management. I will improve the guarantees to encourage investors.
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17,508 The number of Islands that make up Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world, which are split between 33 provinces.
735 The number of languages spoken in Indonesia—the second-largest multilingual population in the world—38 of which have over 100,000 native speakers.
300The number of national and regional leaders tried and found guilty of corruption under his anti-corruption campaign.
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