Indonesia: Suharto May Win This Battle, But Not The War

After 31 years of authoritarian rule, ailing Indonesian President Suharto is looking more desperate with each passing day. In mid-August, the 75-year-old military ruler launched a sweeping crackdown on pro-democracy and labor leaders. He reshuffled the military top brass, sacking a general who failed to anticipate riots in which thousands of middle-class Indonesians took to the streets of Jakarta in late July. Suharto also installed his son-in-law as commander of an army unit expected to restore order and protect the family fortune.

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