KEDUTAAN BESAR REPUBLIK INDONESIA
Former Indonesian President K.H. ABDURRAHMAN WAHID Passes Away
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra would like to express its deepest condolences on the passing away of former Indonesian President K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid on 30 December 2009 at 6.45 pm at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta at the age of 69. He died following the deterioration of his health due to complications from kidney disorders, heart disease and diabetes.
K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, will be buried today, 31 December 2009, at his birthplace, Jombang, East Java. The Indonesian Government will hold a state funeral for former President Wahid. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will lead the funeral procession. National flags will be flown at half-mast for seven days of national mourning.
Gus Dur was born on 4 August 1940 in Jombang, East Java to Abdul Wahid Hasyim and Siti Solichah. He was married to Sinta Nuriyah with whom he had four daughters: Alissa Qotrunnada Munawaroh, Zannuba Arifah Chafsoh (also known as Yenny), Annita Hayatunnufus, and Inayah Wulandari.
He was an Indonesian Muslim religious and political leader who served as the fourth Indonesian President from 1999 to 2001, the long-time Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), one of the largest Islamic organizations in Indonesia, as well as the founder of the National Awakening Party (PKB).
During his life, Gus Dur has played important roles in the country, making him one of the great Indonesian statesmen. All his life, he has shown his strong commitment as a defender of human rights and democracy, particularly during the authoritarian rule of former President Soeharto. He was also at the forefront of promoting religious harmony. Although he was the Chairman of NU, he did show great respect for other religions.
Following the passing away of former President Abdurrahman Wahid, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra will open a condolence book at the Embassy, 8 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla from Tuesday, 5 January 2010 to Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 10.00-12.00 noon and 02.00-04.00 pm.
Canberra, 31 December 2009