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.
December 20, 2000 |
Desperate to keep his crisis-ridden nation together, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid pleaded with separatists to revive talks to end a 25-year rebellion that has killed thousands in Aceh province. Wearing a bulletproof vest and under heavy guard, Wahid stayed in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, for only three hours. Rebel leaders refused to meet him and accused the military of human rights abuses. Indonesia's defense minister indicated today that a cease-fire that expires Jan.
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 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.
November 18, 2000 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid refused to appear before a parliamentary panel investigating a corruption scam but said he would reply in writing to any questions it had. The scandal centers on the theft of $4 million from Bulog, the state logistics agency. Wahid's alleged role in the affair has fueled calls for him to step down and undermined confidence in the government's ability to clean up graft in the country. Wahid has denied all knowledge of the affair.
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.
August 24, 2000 |
Heavily criticized for not solving Indonesia's crises, President Abdurrahman Wahid on Wednesday announced a streamlined Cabinet that he promised would be more professional. The 26-member lineup replaces a 35-person team that had been roundly attacked for infighting, political rivalries and incompetence. Wahid emphasized that the group would be result-oriented. Even so, 18 members are holdovers from the previous lineup.
August 10, 2000 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid announced Wednesday that he will hand over the day-to-day responsibility of running the troubled Indonesian government to his vice president, Megawati Sukarnoputri.
August 8, 2000 |
Under fire from friend and foe alike, Indonesia's enigmatic president apologized Monday for his shortcomings and told lawmakers tough action was needed against separatists to prevent the country's disintegration.
June 30, 2000 |
This country's honeymoon with its president has faded fast as Indonesians confront a sobering reality: Abdurrahman Wahid cannot make the sun rise in the West. Numbed by renewed student protests, sectarian bloodshed and economic woes, many of the same people who cheered the October election of the populist Muslim cleric now are calling for his impeachment. They point to his unpredictability, his Lone Ranger style of decision-making, his inattention to detail.