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Yudhoyono Sworn In as Indonesia's New President - 2004-10-20


Former Indonesian Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been sworn in as the country's sixth president.

Mr. Yudhoyono took the oath of office today (Wednesday) in a Jakarta ceremony attended by Australia's Prime Minister John Howard and other regional leaders.

Outgoing President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who never directly conceded defeat in last month's runoff election, chose not to attend. Critics call Ms. Megawati's absence a snub to Mr. Yudhoyono, who served as her security minister.

Mr. Yudhoyono is expected to announce his new Cabinet later today. Earlier, he warned that not everyone will be pleased with his choice of government ministers, but he said they will be picked for their capabilities.

Thousands of police guarded the inauguration ceremony.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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