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Former Indonesian VP Under Suharto Dies in Jakarta Hospital

Indonesian health officials say former vice president Sudharmono has died at the age of 78.

Officials say Sudharmono died Wednesday in a Jakarta hospital. He had served as former president Suharto's fourth vice president, from 1988 to 1993.

Sudharmono was a retired army lieutenant general and later a chairman of the powerful Golkar party who aided in intelligence operations to help Suharto stamp out the communist party.

Sudharmono is survived by his wife and three children.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.