Habibie Stumbles Through: First week tough for new Indonesian leader (San Francisco Chronicle))

June 1998 (JAKARTA) – Indonesia ended the first full week of the post-Suharto era a nation drunk on reform after three decades of authoritarian rule. The most striking thing was the sheer volume of political noise. The long-repressed voice of the Indonesian populous was suddenly released in a cacophony of debate, discussion and denunciation. Everyone, […]

Habibie to call for elections by 1999 Indonesian leader yields to pressure (Washington Times)

Washington Times, May 25, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Bachruddin Jusuf Habibie is ready to accept genuine economic reform and new parliamentary elections within a year to save the country from continued turmoil, a leading opposition leader said yesterday. Muslim leader Amien Rais disclosed the results of a private meeting with Mr. Habibie as five […]

After 32 years, Suharto resigns No. 2 to serve out Indonesian’s term (Washington Times)

Washington Times, May 21, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – After more than three decades of unrivaled rule over the world’s fourth-most-populous nation, Indonesian President Suharto has resigned. “After truly considering the opinions of parliament and heads of factions in it, I decide to declare withdrawal as president of the republic of Indonesia,” a humbled Suharto said […]

Indonesia resists U.S., IMF on plan to rescue economy (Washington Times)

Washington Times, Feb. 17, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia appears set to thumb its nose at the United States and International Monetary Fund over the handling of its economic crisis and the choice of its next vice president, even as stepped-up violence has begun to claim lives. That defiance sent the nation’s currency, the rupiah, […]