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Mangku Pastika Bali's Next Governor?

Former Bali Police Chief and "Time Man of the Year" Being Floated as Possible Gubernatorial Candidate for 2008 Elections.

(5/29/2007) The police general who heads the national Narcotics Squad the former Chief of Bali for Bali, Inspector General Made Mangku Pastika is mentioned as a possible candidate to become the next Governor of Bali.

The popular and forceful leader, named Asia's Man of the Year by TIME magazine for his role in the apprehension of the Bali bombers, is reportedly being courted by the People's Democratic Party for Struggle (PDI-P) to run for the top post in Bali.

A spokesman for the PDI-P in Bali confirmed to Tempo Interaktif that Pastika had recently requested and received a meeting with the party's leadership in Bali.

While all parties, including Pastika himself, are remaining non-committal on the Policeman's candidacy for the election in 2008, many in Bali believe Pastika's age and approaching mandatory retirement from the police and the General's proven ability to effectively communicate to an international audience make him an ideal candidate for Bali's Governor.

Stay tuned!