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Meeting Megawati

She is the reform hope for Indonesia, but she opposed East Timor's independence

By Barbara Schwepcke   October 1999

It was dark and humid when I arrived at the home of Megawati Sukarnoputri in the Jakarta suburbs. We stood for a while in the living room under a picture of her father, Sukarno, the man who led Indonesia to independence from the Dutch in 1949 and ran the country until deposed by Suharto in 1967. Megawati has not inherited her father’s looks; she has the appearance of a stocky, round-faced housewife. But she has inherited his name-and that is the extent of her political programme. She wants to be all things to all people, like her father, who once…

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