Megawati Sukarnoputri

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Megawati Sukarnoputri
President Megawati Sukarnoputri - Indonesia.jpg
5th President of Indonesia
In office
23 July 2001 – 20 October 2004
Vice PresidentHamzah Haz
Preceded byAbdurrahman Wahid
Succeeded bySusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
8th Vice President of Indonesia
In office
21 October 1999 – 23 July 2001
PresidentAbdurrahman Wahid
Preceded byB. J. Habibie
Succeeded byHamzah Haz
Leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle
Assumed office
15 February 1999
Personal details
Diah Permata Megawati Setiawati Sukarnoputri

(1947-01-23) 23 January 1947 (age 76)
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Political partyPDI-P
Surindro Supjarso
(m. 1968; died 1970)

Hassan Gamal Ahmad Hassan
(m. 1972; annulled 1972)

Taufiq Kiemas
(m. 1973; died 2013)
ChildrenMohammad Rizki Pratama
Mohammad Prananda Prabowo
Puan Maharani
Alma materPadjadjaran University
University of Indonesia

Diah Permata Megawati Setiawati Soekarnoputri (born January 23, 1947), was President of Indonesia from July 23, 2001 to October 20, 2004. She was the Indonesia's first female President, and leader born after independence. On September 20, 2004, she lost her campaign for re-election in the 2004 Indonesian presidential election. She was also the country's vice president from 21 October 1999 to 23 July 2001. She is the daughter of Indonesia's first president, Sukarno.

Early life[change | change source]

President Sukarno, with his children Megawati and Guntur, while receiving Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru along with his daughter Indira Gandhi.

Megawati was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her father is Indonesia's first President, Sukarno, and her mother is Fatmawati, one of Sukarno's nine wives. Megawati was Sukarno's second child and first daughter. She grew up in her father's Merdeka Palace, one of Indonesia's presidential palace. She used to dance for her father's guests and had a hobby of gardening. Megawati was 19 when her father gave up his power in 1966 and was taken over by a government which was later led by President Suharto.[1]

Megawati studied agriculture at Padjadjaran University in Bandung but dropped out in 1967 to be with her father following his loss of power. In 1970, the year her father died, Megawati went to the University of Indonesia to study psychology but dropped out two years later.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Megawati Soekarnoputri, Mbak Pendiam itu Emas | Biografi Tokoh Indonesia". Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  2. East & Thomas 2003, p. 233
Political offices
Preceded by
Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie
Vice President of Indonesia
Succeeded by
Hamzah Haz
Preceded by
Abdurrahman Wahid
President of Indonesia
Succeeded by
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Hun Sen
Chairperson of ASEAN
Succeeded by
Khamtai Siphandon