February 10, 2000 |
He travels with a Sony Walkman, indulging in his passion for music, particularly Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee." For a trip to Europe, he took along a CD by Jim Reeves. "He's really gotten into country," says an aide. He attended the top Islamic universities in Iraq and Egypt and managed to flunk out of both. He had to repeat two years of high school because he seldom showed up for class, preferring to spend his time in movie theaters and libraries.
January 23, 2001 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid walked out of a graft inquiry by senior lawmakers, saying he would not submit to the investigation because it was unconstitutional and politically motivated. Wahid, facing growing demands to resign, denied any wrongdoing when he reluctantly appeared before the panel, which is investigating his alleged involvement in two corruption scandals.
February 7, 2001 |
Supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid occupied the Javan port of Surabaja and marched on parliament, warning of a bloody uprising if opponents try to oust him for alleged corruption. The protesters stopped ferries from traveling between Java and the nearby tourist island of Bali, port officials said. In Jakarta, the capital, about 2,000 pro-Wahid students marched toward parliament, burning an opposition party's flag. Wahid called for calm.
February 9, 2001 |
Supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid kept up attacks on offices of a rival party as protests raged over parliament's attempt to impeach him. Wahid plans to visit the province of East Java, his party's heartland and center of the protests, to try to restore calm, his spokesman said. The president has refused to step down despite mounting pressure after parliament last week censured him over two corruption scandals and opened the door to his possible impeachment.
May 3, 2001 |
Two days after parliament opened the way for his impeachment, President Abdurrahman Wahid appeared on television in an apparent bid to win over the Indonesian people. But his vague, five-minute speech failed to address accusations of corruption and incompetence. He also made no mention of a second parliamentary censure this week that brings him closer to impeachment. Angry lawmakers dismissed Wahid's comments.
February 6, 2001 |
Thousands of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters attacked a college campus and burned the offices of political opponents who want to speed up his possible impeachment. The unrest in East Java province followed demonstrations against Wahid in Jakarta, the capital, last week and took place just hours before legislators handed documents to police that they say link him to two corruption scandals.