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Indonesia prepares to bury former leader Suharto

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Indonesia prepares to bury former leader Suharto


The coffin carrying former Indonesian President Suharto has left his home in Jakarta en route for Central Java ahead of a state funeral in a royal burial ground. Thousands of people lined the streets as the flag-draped coffin was taken to the airport. Leaders from around the world are expected to attend the service, which officials say will be a traditional javanese islamic funeral.

Hundreds of police officers and elite troops have been deployed in the area as a security measure. Seven days of mourning have been announced and the government ordered the nation’s red-and-white flag to be lowered to half-mast across the country for the duration.

Suharto died of multiple organ failure on Sunday.

The 86-year-old former leader, who governed for more than three decades, has a mixed legacy. He is credited with taking his country out of poverty and into prosperity.

But his time in power was dogged by accusations of corruption and human rights abuses.

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