Why did SBY choose Budiono for his Vice President?

Several days before the limit for registering President and vice president candidate 2009, Susilo Bambang Yudoyono as President Candidate from Demokrat party made a controversial decision by choosing Budiono as his Vice President candidate. Some of alliance parties of demokrat such PKS (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera) and PAN (Partai Amanat Nasional) assumes that Budiono is not a right man to accompany Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Vice President 2009. They value Budiono as no a politician, so he must be bad in governing a country. However, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono keep on his decision, and by some consideration, the coalition parties can accept Budiono as candidate of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Vice president. In this essay, we will talk about who Budiono exactly is, why he gets some rejections, and what Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reasons to choose him as his vice president.

Budiono is not a new figure in Indonesian political constellation. He once has been an economy minister at Gotong Royong Governmental Cabinet which was lead by Megawati Soekarno Putri as President (2002 – 2004). In Indonesia Bersatu Cabinet which is lead by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, He also be chosen as Coordinator Minister of Economy in Second Cabinet Reshuffle. As one of the senior lecturer of economy in Universitas Gajah Mada, his ability in managing global economy is already secured. In 2009, his latest position is the governor of Indonesian Central Bank (BI). This is the most important position in national economy which is controlling all monetary activity. Therefore, Budiono is the man who is very capable in economy matter.

Thus, what’s wrong with Budiono that makes him rejected by some parties? The first reason is his ability in public speaking was doubtful. In my view, it’s just impossible thing that is Budiono doesn’t have any ability in public speaking. He is a senior lecture in Universitas Gajah Mada, so he absolutely has the ability to speak in front of public at least to his students. This problem also has been solvent when he gives his first public speaking at President and vice president candidate declaration which has titled SBY berbudi (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono bersama Budiono). The speech which was spoken by him is very fluent and reaches all needed aspects.

The second reason which was confronted by some parties is about his political ability. They judge that for vice president position, must be a person who has good experience in governmental matter, which Budiono didn’t have. Although Budiono are not related to any political parties, he has ever been a minister of economy for several years. I think it’s enough to give him an experience in political matter. Furthermore, as vice president, the duty is helping President in domestic issue. Therefore, Budiono doesn’t have to be so expert in politic, just support Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in order to making good government.

Here, we are brought to a question why Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chose Budiono as his vice President. The first and most important reason is because of his ability in economy matter. In future, our country faces the global economy problem. Although the effect for our domestic economy didn’t really occur, the problem is still running and can blow us down anytime. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono value Budiono is the one man who can help him in facing the global economy problem. The other reason is about his neutrality in national political. Budiono is not related with certain political party. This point makes him not forced by any political interest. This is also the best solution for many coalition parties which support Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for president election. They suggest some names for Vice President Candidate and I secure it will be any damage if Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono choose one of them suggestion due to the dissatisfaction.
To conclude this essay, we can call Budiono as the best Vice President candidate for Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. His ability and neutrality, can solve many problem such economy and political stability which are waiting for next Indonesia government.


Hey Dimas. I think you made a really good paragraph because you gave clear reasons to make your points stronger. This paragraph also shows that you are following the politics here in our country. 😀
{Carlissa Paramitha Soehasono}

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