Yudhoyono marks last day in office with Twitter apology to more than 5 million followers

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday marked his last day in office with a message to his more than 5 million followers on Twitter, apologising for any offence he may have caused in his decade as head of state. -- PHOTO: AFP
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday marked his last day in office with a message to his more than 5 million followers on Twitter, apologising for any offence he may have caused in his decade as head of state. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday marked his last day in office with a message to his more than 5 million followers on Twitter, apologising for any offence he may have caused in his decade as head of state.

"Please forgive me if in the 10 years of my leading this beloved country, I have said/done anything that hasn't pleased you, the people of Indonesia," he wrote on his account @SBYudhoyono, according to Jakarta Globe.

The message was signed *SBY*, indicating it came from the president himself and not his social media team, said the report.

"In truth, with all our flaws, we wanted to do the best for the people and the country," he added, signing off "with love."

The tweets were preceded by a picture of Yudhoyono and his wife Kristiani arriving at the State Palace exactly 10 years ago, and followed by another picture, undated, of the couple walking hand in hand away from the camera, said Jakarta Globe.

The newspaper said the hashtag #MakasihSBY (ThanksSBY) was the third-highest trending topic on Twitter in Indonesia, with more than 30,000 tweets using the hashtag.

Yudhoyono, the first directly elected president in Indonesia's history, will be replaced on Monday by Joko Widodo.