Suharto Resigns

— NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that President Suharto of Indonesia has officially resigned after thirty-two years in office. The resignation follows an extensive period of rioting, demonstrations, and failed economic reforms. In a televised national address, Suharto asked forgiveness for "any mistakes and shortcomings on my part". Shortly after, Vice-President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie was sworn in as his successor. A surprise announcement that Habibie is to fulfill the remainder of Suharto's presidential term - which lasts until 2003 - has angered many opposition leaders who have been demanding quicker reforms. Student reaction to the resignation has been overwhelmingly euphoric.



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