(Washington, D.C.) – The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) extend condolences to the people of Indonesia and the Habibie family on the passing of former President of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf (B.J.) Habibie on September 11 at age 83.
“On behalf of the US-ASEAN Business Council, I send heartfelt condolences to the family of former President B.J. Habibie and the people of Indonesia,” said Alexander C. Feldman, US-ABC President and CEO. “I am saddened to learn of the loss of the former president, who served during a time of great change, leading Indonesia into democracy. In his previous role as Minister of Research and Technology he became known as the Father of Indonesian Technology, helping propel Indonesia’s development and promoting technology transfer to the country.”
B.J. Habibie served as the third President of Indonesia, from May 21, 1998 to October 20, 1999. Habibie’s tenure as president saw the country through a transitory phase of its history, as it moved to democracy and faced the Asian financial crisis.
On April 17 of this year, Indonesia conducted the largest democratic election ever held in a single day. Some 80 percent of the country’s nearly 193 million eligible voters cast ballots at more than 800,000 polling stations across Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. For the first time ever, Indonesia combined a presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary ballots. The election saw a record turnout of voters.