A Suharto Profile

Tens of thousands of Indonesians mourned former dictator Suharto during his state funeral today. Suharto, who was 86 when he died over the weekend, had been in ill health for years. U.S. News's diplomatic correspondent Thomas Omestad spent time with and profiled Suharto in 2000, when, though out of power and under house arrest, the former dictator was still revered and addressed as "Father President" by his closest aides even as an angry country was coming to grips with his legacy of corruption.

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Tens of thousands of Indonesians mourned former dictator Suharto during his state funeral today.  Suharto, who was 86 when he died over the weekend, had been in ill health for years. U.S. News's diplomatic correspondent Thomas Omestad spent time with and profiled Suharto in 2000, when, though out of power and under house arrest, the former dictator was still revered and addressed as "Father President" by his closest aides even as an angry country was coming to grips with his legacy of corruption.