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Indonesia's Suharto dies

January 27, 2008|From Times Wire Services

JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Former President Suharto, who ruled with an iron fist for 32 years, died today, a senior police official told reporters.

Suharto, 86, had been in critical condition in a Jakarta hospital since Jan. 4, suffering from heart, lung and kidney problems. His doctors said he suffered multiple organ failure and went into a coma shortly before his death.

Suharto, who led a regime widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most brutal and corrupt, lived a reclusive life in Jakarta for the last decade.

He had been in and out of the hospital several times since he was toppled by a pro-democracy uprising during the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.

The full obituary appears on latimes.com and will be in Monday's print editions.

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