Habibie, president of Indonesia in shift to democracy, dies:The Asahi Shimbun

Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes at the grave of former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie during funeral services at the Hero's cemetery Kalibata in Jakarta Indonesia Sept. 12 2019

Habibie was the third president of Indonesia, succeeding Suharto who had been forced to step down when Indonesia experienced turbulent times in 1997-1998.

Indonesia will observe a national mourning period of three days. A lot of known as out the identify of the gentleman whose presidency was the shortest in fashionable Indonesian history but was transformative. Habibie, who permitted democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor pursuing the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has been buried at a point out funeral.

Habibie had been treated on the intensive care unit of the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital since 1 September 2019, reportedly for heart failure.

Arrangements were being made for a state funeral at Jakarta's Kalibata heroes' cemetery on Thursday led by President Widodo.

Ainun died in 2010. The East Timorese voted overwhelmingly for independence, which sparked a wave of deadly violence carried out by pro-Indonesian militias. He wrote on Facebook that Habibie will be remembered for leading Indonesia during a hard period.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his letter, said Dr Habibie had worked hard to stabilise the country in the wake of the crisis.

"My deepest condolences to the loved ones and the persons of Indonesia", Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad wrote late Wednesday on Twitter.


Suharto asked him to help industrialise the country.

Taking over from Suharto, who had ruled the world's most populous Muslim majority country with an iron fist for 32 years, Habibie held power for just 17 months.

"We will always remember your message: don't get into too many discussions, don't be whiny, but immerse yourself into the process of adding value consistently and Indonesia surely will be prominent in Southeast Asia and the world", Widodo said in his farewell speech.

During his term, Dr Habibie apo-logised for past human rights abuses, dismantled restrictions on the media and reformed politics to allow for free elections.

In spite of his reforms, Habibie was unable to master the political tumult unleashed by the college student uprising.

Habibie was born in June 1936 in South Sulawesi and studied aviation and aerospace engineering in Germany and the Netherlands before returning home in the mid-1970s. On Oct. 20, 1999, Habibie withdrew from approaching presidential elections.

Singapore leaders yesterday sent their condolences to his son, Mr Ilham Akbar Habibie, and his family.

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