BJ Habibie, who oversaw Indonesia’s transition to democracy, dies

Indonesians bury former president Habibie at state funeral

PRIME Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has conveyed his condolences to the people of Indonesia and family of Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie over the death of the republic's former president yesterday. "He is truly a role model for all of the nation's children". A armed forces band performed a dirge.

In January 1999, Habibie said East Timor could have independence if its people rejected autonomy within Indonesia. "His braveness and eyesight through the period of time of reformation ended up appreciated in Australia".

An engineer educated in Indonesia, the Netherlands and Germany, Mr Habibie spent almost two decades working for German aircraft maker Messerschmitt-Boelkow- Blohm, before returning to Indonesia in 1974 to help lead Suharto's campaign to industrialise the economy.

Suharto asked him to help industrialise the country.

Habibie served for just 17 months as president - he withdrew from contention in the October 1999 election - and was succeeded by Abdurrahman Wahid, popularly known as Gus Dur.

"We will always remember your message: don't get into too many discussions, don't be whiny, but immerse yourself into the process of adding value consistently and Indonesia surely will be prominent in Southeast Asia and the world", Widodo said in his farewell speech. He also allowed East Timor, the former Portuguese colony that Indonesia had ruled since 1975, to hold a referendum on their future.

Indonesia Habibie death

As president, Habibie apologized for past human legal rights abuses and purchased the release of political prisoners, dismantled constraints on the push and reformed politics to enable for no cost elections.

According to a statement of Habibie's personal secretary Rubijanto, attendees at the funeral will comprise Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife, Military Commander Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, and Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian.

SBY expressed deep loss to journalists who were at the location; "I have a close personal relationship with [Habibie]", said SBY who said that the friendship between the two was established before Habibie became president.

A failure to prosecute a longtime friend around allegations of significant corruption undermined his marketing campaign to keep in ability. Born June 25, 1936, in the South Sulawesi town of Parepare, Mr Habibie was the fourth of eight siblings. His father was of native Sulawesi descent and his mother a Javanese noblewoman from the historic sultanate of Yogyakarta.

The late president is survived by his two sons.

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