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March 10,1983: Indonesia re-elects Suharto for fourth term

The 920-member Congress voted unanimously for the 61 -year-old retired general in a show of support for his tough internal stance and moderate, generally pro-Western foreign policy

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Indonesian President Suharto addresses the national assembly in Jakarta after he sworn in for another five-year term in office.
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1983 General Suharto won an unopposed re-election to a fourth five-year term as president of Indonesia, continuing his firm grip on the oil- producing nation of 150 million people. The 920-member Congress, largely controlled by Suharto and his military backers, voted unanimously for the 61 -year-old retired general in a show of support for his tough internal stance and moderate, generally pro-Western foreign policy. Standing behind a massive, carved-teak podium, speaker of Congress Amirmachmud announced that Suharto was the sole candidate for president and filled all constitutional requirements. Congress approved policy guidelines intended to bolster Suharto’s power and prestige further as he enters what political associates have said will be his final term. The guidelines also appeared intended to nudge the country toward a more democratic system and forestall efforts by militant Muslims to make Indonesia an Islamic state. Suharto’s 17-year domination of Indonesian politics was underlined by the support he drew even from the opposition Islamic and democratic parties.

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