Indonesia: Habibie's First Hurdle: How To Feed The Country

He must rebuild a distribution system wrecked in the riots

Indonesia's interim President B.J. Habibie is desperate to restore confidence in his riot-torn country. In his first week in office, his son Ilham Akbar and brother Jusuf Effendi resigned from state-run enterprises to avoid charges of nepotism. The President released prominent dissidents to meet demands for political reform, and visited areas rocked by rioting. Then he pledged economic reforms, meeting senior International Monetary Fund official Hubert Neiss to renegotiate a suspended $43 billion bailout.

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