October 11, 1998 |
Opposition delegates unanimously elected the daughter of Indonesia's founding president as chairwoman of her opposition group Saturday, the first step in her bid for the country's presidency. Megawati Sukarnoputri, daughter of independence leader and former President Sukarno, was the only candidate on the ballot of her faction of the Indonesian Democratic Party and got every vote--along with shrieks of joy and wild applause.
October 23, 1999 |
The life and political career of Megawati Sukarnoputri, Indonesia's new vice president, has been shaped in the shadow of her late father, President Sukarno. To many she is a mystery, an aloof and distant figure who lives a life of privilege and, in the Javanese manner, avoids confrontation. Critics question her intellect, and even supporters admit that her prominence rests on being the daughter of modern Indonesia's founder. But Indonesians do not doubt the strengths she brings to her job.
January 21, 1998 |
Incumbent President Suharto's most popular challenger is Megawati Sukarnoputri, the daughter of President Sukarno, who proclaimed Indonesia's independence and helped found this nation in 1945. An elegant, quietly assured woman whom some have dismissed as "a mere housewife," she has become a significant leader in her own right. When the government replaced her as head of the Indonesian Democratic Party in 1996 with a Suharto-backed candidate, it sparked the fiercest riots in decades.
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December 31, 2009 |
Abdurrahman Wahid, who became Indonesia's first democratically elected president in 1999 after half a century of authoritarian rule, died Wednesday in Jakarta. He was 69. Long in failing health, Wahid left an indelible mark on Indonesia as a liberal Muslim cleric who spoke with moral authority and defended the rights of ethnic minorities and the disenfranchised. He had been receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of a Jakarta hospital for the last week. Doctors said the former president, who had long been confined to a wheelchair, unable to see and suffering kidney problems, died during surgery to remove a blood clot in his heart.
September 21, 2004 |
Former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seemed set today to win Indonesia's presidential election, a victory that would mark the first time the country's leader was removed by popular vote. Yudhoyono, a U.S.-trained former general who pledged to revive the economy and crack down on terrorism, was leading President Megawati Sukarnoputri 60% to 40%, with about half of the votes counted.
October 20, 1999 |
President B. J. Habibie withdrew his bid for election today after Indonesia's highest decision-making body refused to endorse his performance as chief executive. The secret ballot by the People's Consultative Assembly, which was the equivalent of a no-confidence vote, gave a huge boost to Habibie's main rival, Megawati Sukarnoputri, increasing her chances of being selected president by the assembly later today.