Yudhoyono Applauds Democracy, Pledges to Work for Prosperity

From left to right: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
his wife Kristiani Yudhoyono, Vice President Boediono and
his wife Herawati wave after the inauguration on Tuesday morning.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono celebrated his election as a win for Indonesia's still-young democracy in his inaugural speech on Tuesday morning. “We are grateful to be able to hold a political contest with ethics and maturity," he said. "In an election, winning or losing is ordinary. In democracy, everybody is a winner. The people's victory is democracy's victory." The President also expressed appreciation for former electoral rivals Megawati Soekarnoputri and Jusuf Kalla and their running mates. “My respect for Ibu Megawati Soekarnoputri and Bapak Prabowo Subianto and Bapak Jusuf Kalla and Bapak Wiranto. Thank you for your active roles and determination in the election,” said Yudhoyono to applause from the audience. Yudhoyono said his new five-year plan would focus on democracy and justice, spreading prosperity and continuing the fight against Indonesia's rampant corruption. “In the future, we can sustain Indonesia's economy by good governance, corruption eradication and poverty eradication to increase welfare.” The leaders of Australia, Brunei, East Timor, Malaysia and Singapore attended the swearing-in, as well as ambassadors and officials from around the world.

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