Abdurrahman Wahid

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Abdurrahman Wahid
4th President of Indonesia
In office
October 20, 1999 – July 23, 2001
Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri
Preceded by Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie
Succeeded by Megawati Sukarnoputri
Personal details
Born September 7, 1940(1940-09-07)
Jombang, East Java, Indonesia
Died December 30, 2009(2009-12-30) (aged 69)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Spouse(s) Shinta Nuriyah
Religion Islam

KH Abdurrahman Wahid (September 7, 1940 — December 30, 2009),[1] called Gus Dur,[2] was the president of Indonesia from October 20, 1999 to July 23, 2001. He was the first elected president after the end of the Suharto government. He was removed from office in 2001 on charges of being corrupt.[1]

He was buried in Jombang, East Java, where a crowd of about 5,000 people went to the funeral. He had been very ill for a long time and was blind.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Wahid was born in Jombang, East Java, in 1940. His grandfather started Indonesia's biggest Muslim organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama, or NU.[2] His father was the first Indonesian minister of religious affairs. The family moved to Jakarta in 1944. In 1959 he went back to Jombang, where he became a teacher and later a school principal. In 1963 he won a scholarship to go to Egypt and study at al-Azhar University in Cairo. He later studied in Baghdad and in the Netherlands. He returned to Indonesia in 1971 and worked as a journalist.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ex-Indonesia leader Abdurrahman Wahid mourned" (in English). BBC News. December 31, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8435720.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Obituary: Abdurrahman Wahid" (in English). BBC News. December 30, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8435391.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
Preceded by
B.J. Habibie
Presidents of Indonesia
1999-2001
Succeeded by
Megawati Sukarnoputri