Indonesia’s Yudhoyono Gets a Black Eye

Indonesia’s voters who swept President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono into office in 2004 as what they hoped as a clean and transparent leader, are growing increasingly disenchanted with his ability to clean up the country’s endemic corruption. The latest blow to Yudhoyono’s credibility comes from revelations of illegal funding of the 2004 presidential campaign including the passage of slush funds to at least four campaigns, including Yudhoyono’s own. Critics say it also raises questions whether other ministries maintained similar slush funds, throwing the legitimacy of the entire 2004 campaign open to question.

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