Thursday, December 31, 2009

Former Indonesian President, Gus Dur, dies

JAKARTA, Dec 30 — Indonesian media today reported the death of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur.

According to Jakarta Globe he died in a hospital in the capital at 1945 Malaysian time today.

He was 69 years old.

According to Jakarta Globe the former president had been undergoing regular dialysis for some time and was hospitalized last week after traveling in East Java.

Gus Dur served as president from 1999-2001 during the turbulent years following the resignation of strongman Suharto in 1998.

He was the longtime head of the Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama, and the founder of the National Awakening Party (PKB)

He was listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslim figures in a book published by Washington’s Georgetown University last month.

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