Bali's former Chief of Police, I Made Mangku Pastika, has formally thrown his hat into the ring for the coming election to choose Bali's Governor for the period 2008-2013.
The current Head of the National anti-Narcotic Board, Pastika formally registered himself as a candidate of the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P Bali) in Bali on Thursday morning, August 9, 2007.
The Head of the Committee for Gubernatorial Candidate Registration at the PDI-P Bali, Anak Agung Gede Bagus, declared that any remaining doubts regarding Pastika's seriousness in seeking Bali's top job evaporated with the formal filing of his candidacy. To date, the only other candidate to register his candidacy with the PDI-P Bali is Professor Dr. Wayan Witha, the former Rector of Bali's Udayana University.
Pastika is legendary for his "no nonsense" approach to law enforcement and is credited for spearheading the investigation of the October 2002 Bali terrorist attacks and subsequent capture of the key players in that atrocity.
Time Magazine named Pastika is Asian Newsmaker of the Year following the arrest of the Bali Bombers.
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