Saturday, May 23, 1998 Published at 08:32 GMT 09:32 UK
New president sets out his stall
President Habibie spoke to the people just hours after replacing Mr Suharto
The newly-installed president of Indonesia, BJ Habibie, has promised to press ahead with reforms to solve the economic and political crisis the country is facing.
He also promised to carry out all the economic reforms agreed with the International Monetary Fund.
"I expect the support of all the Indonesian people so that together we can emerge from the crisis which we have been facing, and which has almost paralyzed all aspects of our national life," he said.
Mr Habibie also praised his predecessor, President Suharto, and spoke of his deepest gratitude to him for all the dedication and service Mr Suharto had given to Indonesia.
He said the new cabinet would need to consist of people untainted by corruption, and he repeated his call for elections to be held within six months.
"If the cabinet turns out to be unprofessional and still nepotistic and still full of collusion then people will automatically lose their trust in Mr Habibie," Dr Rais said.
Dr Rais heads a moderate muslim organisation that has nearly 30 million members. He has called for fresh elections soon and later an investigation of Mr Suharto's record once stability has returned to the country.
It is still not clear if elections promised before Mr Suharto resigned will go ahead. An adviser to Mr Habibie, Dewi Fortuna Anwar, said this would be unconstitutional as polls were held on nine months ago.
The army has said it views Mr Habibie's appointment as a positive development.
Students who occupied parliament on Monday demanding Mr Suharto's resignation appear to be split on whether to support Mr Habibie or not although the streets were quiet on Thursday evening and rioting had stopped.