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Condolences pour in as nation mourns Habibie's death

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  09:32 am
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Then president BJ Habibie announces his Reform/Development Cabinet, which comprised 20 members of the previous lineup and 16 newcomers. Habibie vowed to build a clean and independent government when he announced the new cabinet at Merdeka Palace on May 22, 1998. (JP/Alex Lumi)

The nation is mourning the death of former president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83. Habibie died following a sudden deterioration of his health. He had been in intensive care in the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital since Monday. To honor the late former president, the State Secretariat instructed government institutions, as well as members of the public, to fly the nation’s flag at half mast for three days starting on Thursday.  A prominent engineer and respected leader of the country, Habibie had dedicated his life to being research and technology minister for 20 years during the presidency of Soeharto. He later assumed the presidential office after Soeharto resigned in May 1998 and held it until 1999.  Throughout his life, Habibie left many legacies for the next generation. One of his prominent achievements was to sign Law No. 40...

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