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Indonesia's Megawati in presidential comeback bid
09.11.07, 7:05 AM ET

JAKARTA (Thomson Financial) - Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri has announced a reelection bid for 2009, a senior party executive said Tuesday.

The 60-year-old Megawati, daughter of Indonesia's founding president Sukarno and leader of its second largest party, has maintained a relatively low profile since losing 2004 polls to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

But on Monday, she suddenly announced she was willing to be nominated as her party's presidential candidate, the party's parliamentary vice chairman Soetardjo Soerjoguritno said.

'She made the announcement in front of all PDI-P (Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle) cadres, that she was willing to be nominated by the party as its candidate for the 2009 elections. That is now official,' he told Agence France-Presse.

As Megawati is the party leader, no other candidates would be expected to stand against her.




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