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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
Suharto condition 'deteriorating'
Former President Suharto
Mr Suharto has suffered several strokes since leaving office
Doctors treating former Indonesian President Suharto say he is suffering fresh internal bleeding and his condition is deteriorating.

Mr Suharto has had three operations since he was admitted to hospital on 4 May. Doctors say they have yet to locate the new source of bleeding.

Mr Suharto, 84, ruled Indonesia for 32 years until he was ousted in 1998.

Charges of embezzling $600m (322m) from the state were dropped recently on account of his ill health.

Strokes

Mr Suharto's chief doctor, Mardjo Subiandono, said the former leader had started to bleed internally again on Monday and looked "weak and pale".

RISE AND FALL OF SUHARTO
Born in Java, June 1921
As army minister, plays a central role in helping Sukarno overcome a coup in 1965
Becomes president March 1967
Modernisation programmes in the 70s and 80s raise living standards
East Timor forcibly annexed in late 1975
Asian economic crisis of the 1990s hits Indonesian economy
Spiralling prices and discontent force him to resign in May 1998
Judges rule he is unfit to stand trial for corruption in 2000

"We are giving him medication to try to stop the bleeding. We will conduct an endoscopy to locate the source of the bleeding," he said.

Another doctor, Joko Rahardjo, told Agence France-Presse news agency Mr Suharto was "more critical than yesterday".

"He can still communicate and point to which part is sick," Dr Rahardjo said.

Mr Suharto's last operation, on Friday, was to remove blood clots near the site of an earlier intestinal operation.

Doctors had then said he was still in a critical phase.

Mr Suharto has suffered several strokes since he left office in 1998 amid street protests and riots.

Last week Indonesian prosecutors issued a letter to close the corruption case against him on health grounds.

The move angered his critics and human rights activists who also blame him for hundreds of thousands of deaths during his regime.


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