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Jakarta Post

BREAKING: Former president B. J. Habibie dies at 83

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /   06:55 pm
BREAKING: Former president B. J. Habibie dies at 83 Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie waves to supporters as he sits with the audience to hear then-US president Barack Obama deliver a keynote speech at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta on Nov. 10, 2010. (AFP /Barbara Walton)

Former president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie died at the age of 83 at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

Habibie's great-niece and singer-cum-activist Melanie Subono announced the news on her Instagram account on Wednesday evening.

"Thank you for making Indonesia a better place, thank you for teaching me how to be a fighter," she wrote in her post. 

Habibie had been in intensive care at the RSPAD since Monday after a sudden deterioration in his health condition.

The prominent engineer, born on June 25, 1936, served as research and technology minister for 20 years in the administration of late president Soeharto. Habibie assumed the presidency after the resignation of Soeharto in May 1998 and served in that role until fresh elections were held in 1999.