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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Sukarno (1901)

Sukarno helped Indonesia win independence from the Netherlands and served as the country's first president. He attempted to consolidate his multi-island nation and establish a "guided democracy," with a cabinet representing all political parties. Regional and factional problems, however, led him to dissolve the assembly and assume full dictatorial powers. He proclaimed himself president for life in 1963, but an attempted Communist coup late in 1965 triggered a military takeover by whom? More...
Maryam Dad
Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:16:37 AM

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Communist coup? More like a suharto coup?

"And the sun and the moon are brought together --" (Al Qiyamah: 9)
Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 8:28:24 AM
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Mr. Sukarno was like almost all other first-generation leaders of newly independent countries: he became power hungry and thought that he was indispensable.

How sad that those first-generation leaders did not follow the example set by George Washington.

After the American Revolution, General Washington served two terms and then went home.

He set an example for all American presidents -- until Franklin D. Roosevelt ran and won 4 times. (The Constitution was then changed to prevent this from happening again. Most Americans are probably VERY happy with this change.)
Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 3:35:07 PM

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A charismatic leader, Ahmed Sukarno

The attempted coup in September 1965 sealed Sukarno's fate. General Haji Mohammad Suharto took leadership in crushing the coup on September 30. As a result, the political authority of Sukarno was fatally weakened by Suharto, who became the president in March 1967. Sukarno, stripped of presidential powers, was banned from any political activity and remained under house arrest in Jakarta until his death on June 21, 1970.

There was a revival of the popularity of Sukarno in 1980s, because many people had become disenchanted with the dictatorial military regime of Suharto. They honored his struggle against colonialism. Megawati Sukarnoputri, his eldest daughter, became the symbol of the pro-democracy movement that opposed Suharto, and she was elected president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004.
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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 9:53:34 PM

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Some people just are not honest and can't handle power.
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