Indonesia's next V-P will be an old hand
Published on May 27, 2014 3:40 PM
IN FEBRUARY 2009, two weeks after Mr Joe Biden was sworn in as US President Barack Obama's No. 2, Indonesia's then Vice-President Jusuf Kalla was the first foreign leader to call on him at the White House.
Mr Biden asked after the Indonesian economy, and was told it was in good shape, Mr Kalla recounted to Indonesian reporters accompanying him on the trip.
"In that case, let's just trade places. You be vice-president here and I'll be vice-president in Indonesia," Mr Biden reportedly said.
But a few months after that lighthearted encounter, Mr Kalla was dropped as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's No. 2. Their partnership, marked by increasing friction over Mr Kalla's independent ways, had broken down irretrievably.
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