October 01, 1965 : Suharto crushes Indonesian coup

Introduction

A communist coup against Indonesian President Sukarno is crushed by General Mohammed Suharto, the Indonesian army chief of staff. In the aftermath, Suharto moved to replace Sukarno and launched a purge of Indonesian communists that resulted in thousands of deaths. In 1967, Suharto assumed full executive authority and in 1968 was elected president. Reelected every five years until his resignation in 1998, Suharto stabilized his nation and oversaw significant economic progress. However, he was criticized for his repressive rule and for Indonesia’s 1975 invasion of East Timor, which left an estimated 100,000 Timorese dead from famine, disease, and warfare.

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October 01, 1965 : Suharto crushes Indonesian coup

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    2010

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    October 01, 1965 : Suharto crushes Indonesian coup

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  • Access Date

    October 19, 2017

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