Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie was an Indonesian engineer and politician who was the third president of Indonesia from 1998 to 1999. Less than three months after his inauguration as the seventh vice president in March 1998, he succeeded Suharto who resigned after 31 years in office. His presidency is seen as a landmark and transition to the Reformation era. Upon becoming president, he liberalized Indonesia’s press and political party laws, and held an early democratic election three years sooner than scheduled, which resulted in the end of his presidency. His 517-day presidency and 71-day vice presidency are the shortest in the country’s history.
|Born:||Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, June 25, 1936, Parepare Afdeling, Dutch East Indies|
|Died:||September 11, 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Cause of death:||Heart failure|
|Resting place:||Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, Jakarta|
|Mother:||Tuti Marini Puspowardojo|
|Father:||Alwi Abdul Jalil Habibie|
|Alma mater:||ITB, RWTH (Dipl.Ing.), RWTH (Dr.Ing.)|
|Occupation:||Engineer, aviation industrialist, politician|
|Succeeded by:||Abdurrahman Wahid|
About Bacharuddin Habibie
Former politician and engineer who served as the 3rd President of Indonesia from 1998-99 and, previously, as the 7th Vice President. He became known for liberalizing his country’s press and political party laws.
He studied aviation and aerospace at the Technische Hogeschool Delft and at the Technische Hochschule Aachen.
He was the State Minister for Research and Technology of Indonesia from 1978-98.
His mother Tuti was a noblewoman and his father Alwi was an agriculturist. He has sons named Ilham and Thareq. His wife Hasri passed away in 2010.
Two months after his inauguration as Vice President, he ascended to the Presidency after the resignation of Suharto.
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- Vice Presidents of Indonesia
- Presidents of Indonesia
- Suharto family and associates
- Golkar politicians
- Bandung Institute of Technology alumni
- RWTH Aachen University alumni
- Naturalized citizens of Germany
- Javanese people
- Indonesian Muslims
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