Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid dies

Former Indonesian leader Abdurrahman Wahid, who served as the country's fourth president between 1999 and 2001, died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 69, an aide said.

Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid dies

Former Indonesian leader Abdurrahman Wahid, who served as the country's fourth president between 1999 and 2001, died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 69, an aide said.

Wahid, a jocular Muslim cleric usually known as Gus Dur, spent years in opposition to former President Suharto before taking office on a wave of optimism after the strongman leader was forced out.

"He passed away this afternoon," said his aide Sulaiman, who added that his family was with him at the time.

The head of the Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital in Central Jakarta said that his condition had been improving until Tuesday, but he was later transferred to intensive care after problems with his respiratory system and blood vessels.

He became the first Indonesian to win a contested presidential vote in October 1999, edging out Megawati Sukarnoputri, the daughter of founding President Sukarno.

He suffered several strokes and was nearly blind, but despite his fading health he remained an influential figure in politics.


Reuters


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