• Short Summary

    GENERAL SUHARTO EMERGES AS THE UNDISPUTED MOST POWERFUL MAN IN INDONESIAN WITH THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT SUKARNO WHO RULED THE COUNTRY WITH ALMOST ABSOLUTE POWER FOR 21 YEARS.

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    GENERAL SUHARTO EMERGES AS THE UNDISPUTED MOST POWERFUL MAN IN INDONESIAN WITH THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT SUKARNO WHO RULED THE COUNTRY WITH ALMOST ABSOLUTE POWER FOR 21 YEARS.

    SUKARNO'S RESIGNATION FOLLOWS PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST HIM. NOW HE HAS HANDED HIS POWERS OVER TO GENERAL SUHARTO AND NEXT MONTH MAY BE COMPLETELY REMOVED FORM OFFICE BY THE POLICY-MAKING PEOPLE'S CONSULTATIVE CONGRESS. WHETHER THE CONGRESS ALSO PUTS HIM ON TRIAL AWAITS DECISION.

    GENERAL SUHARTO, WHO IS 48, IS THE SON OF A FARMER. HE BECAME A SOLDIER AT 19 AND IN 1943 WAS AN OFFICER IN THE JAPANESE-SPONSORED INDONESIAN ARMY. AFTER THE WAR HE FOUGHT AGAINST THE DUTCH AND WHEN INDONESIA BECAME INDEPENDENT HE COMMANDED THE JOGJAKARTA MILITARY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL JAVA.

    HE BECAME ARMY MINISTER AND CHIEF OF STAFF 15 DAYS AFTER THE ABORTIVE COMMUNIST COUP OF OCTOBER 1965. GENERAL SUHARTO, A CONFIRMED ANTI-COMMUNIST, WAS COMMANDER OF THE INDONESIAN ARMY STRATEGIC RESERVE AT THE TIME OF THE ATTEMPTED COUP.

    LEADING LOYALIST TROOPS, HE DROVE ARMED COMMUNIST TROOPS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS FROM DJAKARTA.

    LATER HE ARRESTED 14 GOVERNMENT LEADERS, INCLUDING THE FOREIGN MINISTER, DR. SUBANDRIO, WHO WAS LATER CONDEMNED TO DEATH. IN JULY 1966 PRESIDENT SUKARNO NAMED SUHARTO AS CHAIRMAN OF A FIVE MAN PRESIDIUM IN THE NEW INDONESIAN CABINET.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADBH9RXYTHCLMXVQ8X85RRD52H
    Media URN:
    VLVADBH9RXYTHCLMXVQ8X85RRD52H
    Group:
    File reuters - Can Sell
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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