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Suharto leaves hospital for home
Mr Suharto is loaded onto an ambulance after being discharged from hospital in Jakarta
Mr Suharto has suffered several strokes since leaving office
The former Indonesian President, Suharto, has left hospital in Jakarta after almost four weeks of treatment to stem intestinal bleeding.

Doctors at Pertamina hospital said his condition had improved after several operations and he could go home.

Mr Suharto, 84, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years until ousted in 1998, smiled weakly as he left hospital.

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

Pertamina Hospital Director Dr. Adji Suprajitno said the former leader's kidneys and intestines were now functioning more effectively.

"Suharto wanted to go home because he has been hospitalized for so long, and the team of doctors also believed that medical treatment for Suharto can be moved to his house," he said, according to the Associated Press news agency.

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

He was discharged despite being in critical condition for several weeks. Only last week, doctors said his condition was deteriorating.

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

Earlier this month, 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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Indonesia reviewing Suharto case
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Suharto to be checked for trial
24 Apr 06 |  Asia-Pacific
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