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Yudhoyono pledges to fight corruption

  |   Oct. 9, 2004 at 6:59 AM
JAKARTA, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Indonesian president-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged Saturday a fight against corruption will be a top priority during his first 100 days in office.

Yudhoyono said other high-priority tasks for his government include taking immediate steps to solve regional conflicts and stimulate the country's economy.

"We will review the progress in law enforcement effort, especially in fighting corruption," Yudhoyno told reporters at his home in Bogor, south of Jakarta. "We will start an active drive against corruption.

Yudhoyono said he will announce his cabinet appointments Oct. 20, the day when he and his running mate, Jusuf Kalla, are to be sworn.

Yudhoyono, the winner of the Sept. 20 Indonesian election, garnered 61 percent of the vote to become the nation's first directly elected president.

He urged the Indonesians to stop looking backward and start looking ahead, as well as calling the community to strengthen "our brotherhood and unity."

"I promise to be president for all Indonesians, to give my best to all Indonesians and stands above all," Yudhoyono said.

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