"Considering Article 8 of the 1945 Constitution
and the views of the leadership of the DPR [Council of People's
Representatives] and the leadership of DPR factions, I have
decided to resign as president of the Republic of Indonesia
with effect from Thursday, 21st May 1998.
BJ Habibie takes the oath of office as Indonesia's new president
The students whose peaceful protest paved the way for the downfall of the
Suharto regime are jubilant. Their patient, peaceful occupation of the
parliament building erupted into celebration when news of President Suharto's
resignation was announced.
An hour or more after President Suharto's dramatic announcement,
student protesters at the parliament were still waving banners demanding his
immediate resignation. But as the news sank in, there was an immediate sense of