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Last Updated: Monday, 8 December, 2003, 06:03 GMT
Indonesia election runners named
By Tim Johnston
BBC, Jakarta

Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana -
Siti Hardyanto Rukmana is Suharto's daughter
Indonesia's electoral commission has announced the names of 24 parties who have qualified to run in next year's general and presidential elections.

Among the qualifiers are no less than four parties that are likely to put up daughters of former presidents as their presidential candidates.

Three daughters of founding father Sukarno are standing, as is the daughter of president Suharto, who ousted him in 1965.

The election is the first direct presidential vote in Indonesian history.

Incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri, a daughter of Sukarno, will be running against two of her sisters, Sukmawati and Rachmawati.

Megawati Sukarnoputri
There is some disillusionment with Megawati's reforms
They are expected to be joined in the race by the millionaire daughter of disgraced President Suharto, Siti Hardyanto Rukmana.

Suharto was forced out of office five years ago in part because of public anger over his perceived nepotism.

Most of these presidential offspring are hoping to cash in on a growing public nostalgia for the certainties of the past.

Although most opinion polls show Mrs Megawati in or near the lead in the presidential race, many also show disillusionment with the pains that reforms have caused and the failure of her government to tackle rampant corruption.

Many analysts say the resurrection of the old names is merely further confirmation that although much has changed on the surface since the fall of President Suharto, the underlying realities of Indonesian politics remain much the same.


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