Following the confirmation of his election as Indonesia's next President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave his first political speech on Saturday, October 9, 2004, setting both the style and goals for the first 100 days of his new administration which commences on October 20, 2004.
Calling for national unity, Yudhoyono pledged to be a President for all Indonesians, regardless of their party or background. Saying that with his formal election the time for political competition between parties had ended, the President-elect called on all citizens to give their best to the Country. Yudhoyono asked all politicians and political parties to set aside their individual parties political symbols and slogans in favor of a united spirit to build a better country both "for and by the Indonesian people."
Yudhoyono paused in his speech to issue his thanks to the outgoing President and Vice-President for their service to the Nation and their faithful stewardship in guiding Indonesia to its first direct popular election of a President and Vice-President.
The First 100 Days of the SBY Administration
President-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) set out three main agendas now before him, namely, a smooth and efficient transfer of power; the appointment of a new cabinet to take their seats on October 20; and the implementation of the "action plan" for his first 100 days in office.
The highlights of SBY's plan for the first 100 days in office, include:
• An outright war on corruption, conducted without exception or favor to any corruptor.
• An intensive review of the law and the enforcement mechanism to be used in fighting corruption.
• Intensive cooperation between all government departments and agencies.
• An urgent review of the state budget for 2005.
• Quick actions to end the ongoing conflicts in Aceh and Papua.
• The introduction of measures to stimulate the national economy.
• Laying an effective foundation for national educational programs.
In his first political speech since being formally declared the winner of the race for the National Palace, Yudhoyono said: "I invite the people, the leadership from every level of society, all public figures and the national elite to be united in a common struggle. Let us fight for our future. Let us secure that our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren improve with the future. Let us together ask God's protection and His strength to create the changes that are best for the People of Indonesia."
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