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Jakarta Post

Bowing to pressure, president Soeharto announced his resignation and immediately handed power over to vice president B.J. Habibie. "I quit as president," Soeharto said in a short ceremony broadcast nationwide shortly after 9 a.m. from Merdeka Palace. The room fell silent as he explained, reading from a prepared text, about his reasons for stepping down from the position he has held for 32 years. Soeharto, 77 years old, said the country's situation had become such that it was impossible for him to carry out his state duties.

(The Jakarta Post / Alex Lumi)