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Indonesia's Yudhoyono looks beyond his presidency, sets targets

Publication Date : 06-08-2014


With only three months left in his tenure, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is looking to the future, saying he could take up a career as a journalist.

While awaiting the arrival of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo on Tuesday at the State Palace, Yudhoyono jokingly told reporters that he had what it takes to be a newsman.

Yudhoyono said he was an international news junkie who went to bed after midnight only after scanning news broadcast by media outlets such as CNN, BBC, Skynews, CNBC, Al-Jazeera and Channel News Asia.

“From watching the news, I can tell which international channels have fair and balanced coverage of Indonesia,” Yudhoyono said.

Yudhoyono also said he had learned from the coverage, although most of the time media outlets cast negative light on the country.

“The media could report bad news on us so we can learn from it,” he said.

In March 2013, in his speech before the Indonesian community in Budapest, Hungary, Yudhoyono said he was contemplating several options beyond the presidency, including opening a nasi goreng eatery.

Yudhoyono also said he was considering becoming a chili farmer to a public speaker or lecturer.

Earlier this year, the Indonesian Defence University (Unhan) awarded the President the first ever professorship on national defence for his contributions to the field of defence.

The university acknowledged Yudhoyono’s efforts in sharing his knowledge by holding public lectures at several universities in Indonesia and overseas.

In 2012, Yudhoyono issued a public statement denying that he would run for chairman of a UN body and maintained that he would remain in Indonesia after his second term wrapped this year.

Many have speculated that Yudhoyono could run for UN secretary-general, but others have said the President would be more suitable for other UN bodies, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), given the fact that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has represented Asia and that the position rotates between representatives of the world’s different continents.

“I think Indonesia has so many figures who are fit to represent Indonesia in UN bodies. I am personally ready to support whoever these new figures are.

]Just let me stay in Indonesia and focus on other matters that are beneficial for the people,” Yudhoyono told Indonesian journalistsin a press conference in New York, United States.

In 2013, Yudhoyono was appointed by Secretary-General Ban to co-chair the final meeting of the United Nations’ high level panel on the post-2015 development agenda with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.


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