President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the state funeral for the 86-year former general, who seized power in 1960s and ruled Indonesia for 32 years. Dignitaries and regional government representatives attended the funeral. Suharto died of multiple organ failure in Jakarta yesterday. Although Suharto was architect of the Indonesian economy in the first half of his 32 years of regime, he was also blamed for letting his family members amassed wealth through corrupt practices.
Suharto was blamed for the killings of more than 500,000 people as part of his campaign against the Communist Party of Indonesia when he took over from founding and first President Sukarno in the 1960s.
He was forced to resign in May 1998 following the 1997 Asian financial crisis, and was appointed acting president of Indonesia in March 1967 and made the President a year later. Suharto was born into a family of poor peasants on June 8, 1921 in Kemusuk village near the royal city of Yogyakarta, Central Java, during the Dutch colonial era.
The Indonesian government has declared seven days of mourning and ordered the national flag to be flown at half-mast.