Posted by: iqbibal | December 31, 2009

Ex-Indonesia leader laid to rest

K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid

A state funeral for Abdurrahman Wahid, Indonesia’s former president has been held at his birthplace East Java.

Wahid, more commonly known as Gus Dur, helped put the country onto the path to democracy, following the fall of Suharto.

He  was Indonesia’s fourth president, and also gained a reputation for religious tolerance and reformist policies.

Flags were flying at half mast as a sign of respect for Wahid, who died in hospital on Wednesday  evening aged 69 due to complications arising from diabetes and
stroke.

In a nationally-televised address, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the president, called on Indonesians to pay Wahid their “highest respects”.

SOURCE : http://english.aljazeera.net


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