Former Indonesian strongman Suharto dies at 86 - Tourism Indonesia


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Former Indonesian strongman Suharto dies at 86

Former Indonesian strongman Suharto, who shaped and ruled the country for 32 years through ruthless but quiet authoritarianism, died Sunday at age 86, a local police chief said.

The police said Suharto, who had lapsed into a coma earlier Sunday, died at 1:10 p.m.
Cause of death is still unclear, but Suharto had been suffering from suspected congestive heart disease and had been having trouble breathing on his own for weeks.
Suharto had been undergoing treatment at Jakarta's Pertamina Central Hospital since Jan. 4. He was admitted to the hospital with edema, body swelling caused by a buildup of fluids.

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