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2nd President of Indonesia Suharto

Full Name: Mohamed Suharto
Profession: 2nd President of Indonesia


Biography: The Second President of Indonesia, Suharto held office for 31 years from 1967 until 1998.

Suharto's legacy is much debated both in Indonesia and abroad.

Under his "New Order" administration, he constructed a strong, centralized and military-dominated government, which helped Indonesia experience significant economic growth and industrialization, dramatically improving health, education and living standards.

His administration however was also known for its corruption.

Born: June 8, 1921
Birthplace: Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: January 27, 2008 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Heart and kidney complications

Married Life

  • 1947-12-26 President of Indonesia Suharto (26) weds Siti Hartinah (24) in Surakarta at a traditional Javanese ceremony

Historical Events

  • 1965-03-11 Indonesia President Sukarno signs the 'Supersemar' order, giving army commander Lt. Gen. Suharto authority to do whatever he "deemed necessary" to restore order
  • 1966-03-11 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out
  • 1966-03-18 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
  • 1967-03-12 Indonesian congress strips President Sukarno of authority and names General Suharto as acting President
  • 1968-03-27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia
  • 1970-09-03 Indonesian president Suharto visits Netherlands
  • 1976-07-17 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor
  • 1998-05-21 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

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