Megawati agrees to run in 2009 presidential election

Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri has accepted a nomination by her Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) to run for the presidential election in 2009, local press said Tuesday.

Megawati agrees to run in 2009 presidential election
Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri has accepted a nomination by her Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) to run for the presidential election in 2009, local press said Tuesday.

Megawati made the decision after party executives from across the board joined a day-long coordination meeting Monday to show their unanimous determination to support her for presidency.

In addition, a meeting attended by around 1,500 party executives from provinces and regional branches on the weekend recommended Megawati run for presidency, reported English daily The Jakarta Post.

"On the basis of the party's recommendation, in my capacity as chairwoman of PDI-P, I am ready to be nominated by PDI-P as a presidential candidate in 2009," she said.

Megawati was president from 2001 to 2004. She was defeated by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the second round of the 2004 presidential elections.

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Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2007, 14:10
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