Habibie's Rule Isn't As Wobbly As It Looks

Indonesia's chief maneuvers cleverly to strengthen his hand

To many observers, the position of Indonesian President B.J. Habibie has never been more precarious. The economy is in ruins. Outside Jakarta, Islamic mobs are burning down police stations to avenge 180 brutal murders blamed on the government. Jakarta traffic is paralyzed by students demanding Habibie's resignation for tampering with a special session of the highest legislative body, the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), which convened on Nov. 10 to debate democratic reforms.

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