May 16, 2001 |
Beleaguered Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid said Tuesday that he is ready to be impeached and, if dumped by lawmakers, will run for the office again. Until now, Wahid has refused to acknowledge that the nation's highest legislative body, the People's Consultative Assembly, might impeach him over allegations of corruption and incompetence. "I am not scared," Wahid told a think tank in Jakarta, the capital. "If that happens, I will campaign again. "I will campaign continuously," he said.
January 30, 2001 |
In scenes reminiscent of protests that helped topple the Suharto dictatorship, thousands of students broke down parliament's gates Monday and demanded that President Abdurrahman Wahid quit over his alleged involvement in two scandals. Police subdued about 10,000 protesters with warning shots and tear gas. Although the confrontation was not as violent as past clashes, officers beat some protesters during running battles on the lawn of the legislature.
March 14, 2001 |
Supporters and opponents of Indonesia's president staged rival protests for a second day Tuesday, and police fired tear gas and beat students who threw rocks and gasoline bombs in the capital. Clashes erupted outside the office of the former ruling Golkar Party, which wants to oust President Abdurrahman Wahid. Wahid is struggling to stay in power in the face of a series of crises and scandals. Some police officers charged the crowd on motorcycles and ran over protesters who lighted bonfires.
July 18, 2001 |
Thousands of police and soldiers staged a show of force outside Indonesia's parliament Tuesday amid fears of violence in the lead-up to next month's expected ouster of President Abdurrahman Wahid. Police and army chiefs reviewed about 6,000 troops inside the heavily guarded parliamentary complex. A dozen armored vehicles and lines of police motorcycles were parked nearby.
June 3, 2001 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid, desperately trying to hold on to power, installed a new top security minister Saturday as tension grew over the national police chief's refusal to step down. Highlighting Wahid's growing friction with his estranged deputy, Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri snubbed the swearing-in ceremony of the minister, an occasion she would normally be expected to attend.
November 24, 2000 |
Police fired warning shots Thursday and beat demonstrators at the national parliament, where opposing groups rallied for and against President Abdurrahman Wahid. At least four protesters were injured. The violence started after police separated the two sides.
July 21, 2001 |
The People's Consultative Assembly started an impeachment hearing today, less than an hour after President Abdurrahman Wahid accused lawmakers of treason and announced that he would boycott proceedings against him. The hearing at the heavily guarded legislature got underway as Wahid's minority National Awakening Party and some other small pro-Wahid groups said they also would not participate.
December 10, 2000 |
Government officials and security chiefs have rejected Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's request to release five separatist leaders, news reports said Saturday. The refusal is a blow for Wahid, who has faced increasing criticism from human rights groups and foreign governments over a crackdown on separatists in Indonesia's restive provinces.
November 11, 2000 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid blamed the army and police Friday for the escalating violence in Aceh province and the deaths of at least 19 civilians before a separatist rally. Wahid said he will summon military chief Adm. Widodo Adisutjipto, Army Commander Gen. Endriarto Sutarto and national police Chief Gen. Bimantoro to explain the use of violence against pro-independence activists.
May 27, 2001 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid said Saturday that he has considered declaring martial law to stave off impeachment and urged his popular deputy to accept a power-sharing agreement. He warned that his ouster could trigger the breakup of the nation. With parliament expected to call for his impeachment this week, Wahid acknowledged for the first time that he had discussed the possibility of dissolving the legislature. In comments to reporters, he did not say whether he has now ruled out that approach.