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Aussie spies say Yudhoyono's wife wants son to be president; Indonesia rubbishes report

Published on Dec 14, 2013 7:22 PM
 
Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono looks at his wife Ani Yudhoyono as they wait for the arrival of Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, on Sept 30, 2013. Australian intelligence agents apparently spied on the wife of Dr Yudhoyono because they believed she was highly influential and was hatching a plan make her eldest son succeed the presidency next year, an Australian newspaper report said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Australian intelligence agents apparently spied on the wife of Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono because they believed she was highly influential and was hatching a plan make her eldest son succeed the presidency next year, an Australian newspaper report said.

Dr Yudhoyono is due to step down next year after serving two terms.

The newspaper, The Australian, cited a leaked cable from the United States embassy in Jakarta in late 2007 saying that the Indonesian First Lady, Madam Kristiani Herawati, was "the only person the President could truly trust on every issue and he was increasingly moving in lock step with his wife''.

But palace officials and politicians from the ruling Democrat Party have rejected this allegation.

 
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