Longtime Indonesian dictator Suharto's health worsened yesterday as he suffered multiple organ failure. Suharto's condition improved slightly as workers rushed to prepare for what they believed to be his imminent funeral, AFP reports. Suharto, 86, was forced from power a decade ago after ruling Indonesia with an iron fist for three decades.
Suharto arrived in the hospital January 4 with heart, kidney, and lung problems that fluctuated until his condition dramatically worsened yesterday evening. Suharto, who has lived reclusively in Jakarta since his overthrow, faces lingering graft charges; many Indonesians view him as corrupt but feel that "actually Suharto's era was better."