Tue, 24 Jun 2003

Megawati indecisive on second-term

JAKARTA: President Megawati Soekarnoputri has failed to say directly whether she will run for a second term next year.

Speaking before some 150 Japanese journalists at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Monday, the President, who is also the chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan), only said that as chairwoman of the ruling party, she had been nominated by party members during the party's congress in the Central Java capital of Semarang last year.

She vowed, however, that if she was reelected, her government would focus on eradicating corruption.

Megawati claimed she did not have enough time to combat corruption during her current presidency as she had only three years from the time she assumed power.

"We need more time. Corruption cannot be eradicated in such a short time," she argued.--Antara