September 19, 2004 |
President Megawati Sukarnoputri is not trying to be a strong leader -- and it shows. She avoids interviews, disdains news conferences and declines invitations to debate. Her public appearances are carefully scripted to avoid putting her on the spot. She has no presidential spokesperson. Her supporters call her "introspective." She calls herself an "ordinary housewife." Soon, Megawati will find out whether her detached style of leadership works in a democratic Indonesia.
October 22, 2002 |
It was a grim scene when President Megawati Sukarnoputri toured Legian Street in Bali. Hours earlier, a massive car bomb had exploded, destroying dozens of buildings, killing nearly 200 people and striking at the heart of one of Indonesia's most vibrant communities. Bodies remained buried in the rubble, and the smell of smoke hung in the air. Glass and debris from the gutted buildings were strewn everywhere. This was Indonesia's Sept.
September 12, 2002 |
Police in Indonesia shot blanks into the air and fired water cannons and tear gas at about 9,000 people protesting the candidacy of Jakarta's governor, a former general accused of rights abuses. Gov. Sutiyoso was, as expected, reelected by city councilors. Sutiyoso, who goes by one name, commanded the Jakarta garrison in 1996 when soldiers attacked the party offices of opposition leader Megawati Sukarnoputri, who is now president. Several dozen people were killed or abducted.
July 25, 2001 |
Critics of Megawati Sukarnoputri like to say she is merely a housewife with a famous name who enjoys gardening, shopping and watching cartoons. When she served as vice president, then-President Abdurrahman Wahid publicly called her "stupid." Other detractors dubbed her "Miniwati." But today her foes are calling her something else: president. Megawati, 54, the quiet, matronly daughter of Indonesia's founding president, Sukarno, was sworn in Monday as the nation's fifth head of state.
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.
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.