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Former Indonesian Dictator in Critical Condition


Indonesian reports say former dictator Suharto is in critical condition and in danger of having a stroke.

The head of Suharto's medical team said Monday that Suharto's health is shaky because of complications from his heart medications. The doctor said the medications are meant to help blood flow, but are also causing bleeding in the kidney.

Suharto has suffered strokes previously and has a history of heart problems. He underwent surgery last week to stop intestinal bleeding. A few days later, the Indonesian government dropped a corruption case against him because of his poor health.

Suharto was charged with stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds during his 32 years in power. He stepped down in 1998 amid growing unrest.

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