Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gus Dur

Former president and leader of the largest Muslim organization Nahdatul Ulama (NU) K.H. Abdurraman Wahid who is better known as Gus Dur (born 7 September, 1940) likes to joke around (see here): "President Abdurrahman Wahid jokes that while Sukarno was crazy about women; his successor, Suharto, was crazy about money; and the third president, BJ Habibie, was just plain crazy - in his own case he says it was those who elected him who were the crazy ones." His presidency only lasted from 1999 to 2001 when he was impeached on grounds of corruption allegations for which he was never tried and sentenced. It is unlikely that he will be reelected in the presidential elections of 2009. (See also the Wahid Institute.)

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