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Thursday, May 21, 1998 Published at 20:07 GMT 21:07 UK


End of an epoch: The day in audio



President Suharto bows to the inevitable with a resignation speech, broadcast live from Jakarta's Merdeka Palace on May 21


President Suharto: "I decide to resign" (0'30")
"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


Yusuf Habibie: "I dedicate myself to our country"
"In the name of God, I am taking this oath to fulfil the presidential duties to the best of my ability and in the fairest possible manner.

"I will firmly uphold the Constitution and adhere strictly to all laws and regulations, and serve the country and nation."

Student reaction


BBC Correspondent David Willis witnesses student celebrations
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.


Sounds of jubilation (0'27")
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 jubilation.




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End of an epoch: The day in audio

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Sounds of anger

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