Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Backgrounder: Three candidate pairs for Indonesian presidential election

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July 7 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's presidential election is scheduled to kick off on July 8, which will determine the victory among three candidate pairs that were respectively represented by three colors.

Blue Corner:

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Born: Pacitan, East Java, Sept. 9, 1949

Religion: Islam Education: Indonesia Armed Forces Academy, 1973

Career Highlights:

Chief of Sriwijaya Military

Command, 1996-97 Chief of Staff for Social and Political Affairs

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, 1999 Coordinating

Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, 2000-01

President of Indonesia, 2004-present


Born: Blitar, East Java, Feb. 25, 1943

Religion: Islam Education: Bachelor of Economics (Hons.), University of Western Australia, 1967

Master of Economics, Monash University, Melbourne,1972

Doctor of Philosophy, Business Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1979

Career Highlights:

Lecturer at the Gadjah Mada University,

Director of Bank Indonesia's People' s Loan Bank [BPR], 1996-97

Director of Bank Indonesia's Monetary Control, 1997-98

State Minister of National Development Planning,1998-99

Minister of Finance, 2001-04 Coordinating

Minister for the Economy, 2005-09

Governor of Bank Indonesia, May 17, 2008-May 14, 2009

Red Corner

Megawati Sukarnoputri

Born: Yogyakarta, Jan. 23, 1947

Religion: Islam

Education: School of Agriculture, Padjadjaran University, 1965-67 (not graduated)

School of Psychology, University of Indonesia, 1970-72 (not graduated)

Career Highlights:

House of Representatives member, 1987-92, 1992-97, 1999-2004

Vice President, 1999-2001

President, 2001-04

PDI-P Chairwoman 1999-present

Prabowo Subianto

Born: Jakarta, Oct. 17, 1951

Religion: Islam

Education: Graduated from the Military Academy in 1974

Career Highlights:

Chief of the Army's Special Forces (Kopassus), 1996-98

Chief of the Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad), 1998

Head of Indonesian Association of Farmers, Indonesian Association of Fishermen. Also owner of several companies

Yellow Corner:

Jusuf Kalla

Born: Watampone, South Sulawesi, May 15,1942

Religion: Islam

Education: Economic faculty, University of Hasanuddin, Makassar,1967

The European Institute of Business Administration Fountainebleu, France, 1977

Career Highlights:

President director of N.V. Hadji Kalla, 1969-2001

President director of PT Bumi Karsa, 1988-2001

Minister of Industry and Trade, 1999-2000

Commissioner of PT Bukaka Singtel International, 2000-present

Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare, 2001-2004

Vice president of Indonesia, 2004-present


Born: Yogyakarta, April 4, 1947

Religion: Islam

Education: Indonesia Armed Forces Academy, 1968

Career Highlights:

Assistant for operations to chief of staff in the Second Infantry Division of the Army's Strategic Reserve Command, 1988

President Suharto's adjutant, 1989

Jakarta military commander, 1994

Kostrad commander,1996 Army chief of staff, 1997

Armed Forces commander and defense minister, 1998

Chairman of the People's Conscience Party (Hanura)