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Former women’s affairs minister Mien Sugandhi dies at 85

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 6, 2020   /   11:22 am
Former women’s affairs minister Mien Sugandhi dies at 85 Mien Sugandhi (antara foto via kompas.com/Benny S Butarbutar)

Mien Sugandhi, a former Golkar Party politician who also served as the women’s affairs minister between 1993 and 1998 under then-president Soeharto, died on Sunday evening. She was 85 years old.

Mien drew her last breath at 9:50 p.m. in her room at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital.

Golkar lawmaker Ace Hasan Syadzily confirmed the news of Mien’s passing.

“I have learned about the passing of Mien Sugandhi – former women’s affairs minister, wife to now-retired Maj. Gen. Soegandhi, founder of the Mutual Assistance Consultative Organization (MKGR), a member of Golkar Party’s core organizational group [KINO],” Ace said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

He also offered his condolences on behalf of Golkar.

“The Golkar Party extends its prayers and deepest condolences over Mien Sugandhi’s passing. We hope her good deeds will be embraced by God,” Ace said.

Mien was born on Jul. 28, 1934. Prior to taking office as women’s affairs minister under Soeharto, she served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993. (rfa)