Published:  01:22 AM, 13 September 2019

Indonesians bury former president Habibie

Indonesians bury former president Habibie

Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of dictator Suharto, was buried on Thursday in a state funeral with full military honors.

Thousands of mourners lined the streets of the capital, Jakarta, to watch the motorcade carrying the body of Indonesia's third president to the Kalibata heroes' cemetery. Many called out the name of the man whose presidency was the shortest in modern Indonesian history but was transformative.

President Joko Widodo led the ceremony, attended by more than 700 politicians, government officials, foreign diplomats and public figures.

-AP, Indonesia

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