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Suharto's relatives recalled from people's assembly

JAKARTA, July 17 Kyodo

Indonesia's ruling Golkar party has recalled the children and daughter-in-law of former President Suharto from the People's Consultative Assembly to respond to public demands to clean up the congress, a party official said Friday.

Golkar Deputy Chairman Irsyad Sudiro told Kyodo News that Suharto's children -- Bambang Trihatmodjo, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra and Siti Hardijanti "Tutut" Indra Rukmana -- and daughter-in-law Halimah Bambang Trihatmodjo had been recalled.

He did not say when the recall took place.

The move followed the party's recent extraordinary congress in which Golkar cadres committed to rid the assembly of members whose positions there could be attributed to their closeness to Suharto and top government officials, Irsyad said.

Tutut and Bambang will be automatically kicked out of a steering committee of the assembly which is making preparations for a forthcoming extraordinary meeting of the assembly.

The meeting is to decide the schedule of a new general election, review new political laws and legalize Suharto's resignation from the presidency.

Suharto resigned May 21 under public pressure after 32 years in power and handed over the presidency to then Vice President B.J. Habibie.
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Date:Jul 20, 1998
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