Contending Explanations of Suharto’s Fall: A People’s Power Revolution or a Political Conspiracy?

  • Bilveer Singh


How did a man in the position of President Suharto, who only 72 days earlier, was overwhelmingly elected by the MPR for his seventh term for the Presidency, fall so unexpectedly and in many ways, in such a precipitous manner? Many have argued that it was a ‘people’s power movement’, led by the students, that brought him down.


Security Force Succession Politics Common Enemy Reform Committee Suharto Regime 
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    See John McBeth, ‘Indonesia: Shadow Play’, Far Eastern Economic Review, 23 July 1998, p. 23.Google Scholar
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    Author’s interview with President B. J. Habibie at Istana Merdeka on 3 October 1998, Jakarta, Indonesia.Google Scholar
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    See “Sri Bintang Pamungkas Buka ‘Rahsia Negara’: 14 Menteri Gulingkan Soeharto”, Megapos, Vol. 1, No. 4, 29 November-5 December 1998, pp. 2–3.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bilveer Singh
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  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingapore

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