JAKARTA (JP): Former president Soeharto is in "serious condition" after colon surgery earlier this month, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said following a 20-minute hospital visit Friday. Responding to reports on Soeharto's condition, a number of high-ranking officials and former aides have visited the former leader, who was ousted after 32 years in power in 1998 amid massive student protests.
Doctors said Soeharto underwent a another surgery Friday to remove a blood clot near his stomach, and that a CT scan a day earlier revealed a sharp deterioration in the tissues of his brain. Yudhoyono said it was his "moral duty" to visit Soeharto. "I have done the same for all senior government officials, including former presidents and vice presidents, when they were sick," Yudhoyono said. "And he is seriously ill ... he's in seriouscondition," he was quoted by AP as saying.
According to some visitors, members of the former first family are gathered at Pertamina Hospital, where Soeharto has been inthe intensive care unit since early May. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Yudhoyono chaired a meeting attended by top security officials including CoordinatingMinister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo A.S.,Indonesian Military chief Air Marshall Djoko Suyanto, andNational Police chief Gen. Soetanto. The meeting was to discuss Soeharto's condition and plan forany eventuality.
Soeharto, 84, still has many powerful supporters in thegovernment, legislature and military who want his name cleared. Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh agreed last week to dropcorruption charges against the former leader, sparking small butrowdy street protests across Indonesia. The former strongman was indicted in 2000 on allegations ofembezzling US$600 million, but his lawyers argued that he wasunable to stand trial following a series of strokes that left himwith irreparable brain damage.Source: The Jakarta Post Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16