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Mysticism shrouded Soeharto's life, death

  • Dwi Atmanta

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 29 2008   /  12:25 pm

Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti Hardiyanti "Tutut" Rukmana was reportedly angry with a number of politicians and state officials who visited her father at Pertamina Hospital. Instead of expressing genuine morale support, the visitors were instead querying the whereabouts of Soeharto's wahyu, or divine power to rule, that had helped him stay in power for 32 years. Many regard the fact that no Indonesian president after Soeharto era has been able to win reelection or enjoy a stable government as a strong signal that the real transfer of power from the retired Army general has not occurred yet. Perhaps until he died Sunday, Soeharto had not picked his successor, said a former Golkar politician close to Soeharto's family. A claim by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's leaders that Soeharto had entrusted the nation to the party's leader Megawati Soekarnoputri therefore can ...