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Thursday, March 12, 1998 Published at 18:16 GMT




Handling the transition


Radio 4's Branwen Jeffreys with her special report on the battle to come (7'58")
President Suharto has been officially inaugurated for a seventh term in office - but already both in Indonesia and abroad the talk is of who is likely to succeed him. Suharto has dominated his nation for more than 30 years; but the growing social and ethnic tensions which have followed economic and financial collapse mean that the post-Suharto era is fast approaching. But it's not clear whether the transition will be smooth or orderly, or if the country will descend into chaos.







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