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Indonesia's economics guru dies

Sumitro Djojohadikusumo
Sumitro is regarded as a guru by many of Indonesia's technocrats.  

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Indonesia's economics guru Sumitro Djojohadikusumo has died in a Jakarta hospital, where he was being treated for a heart problem.

Sumitro was 83.

He was the father of Lt-Gen. Prabowo Subianto, who was dismissed from the military over his alleged role in kidnapping and torturing activists in 1998. Prabowo was the son-in-law of former president Suharto.

Sumitro was survived by a wife and four children.

The noted economist, who died just after midnight on Friday, was born in Kebumen, a small town in Central Java on May 29, 1917.

Educated in France and the Netherlands, he held several cabinet posts under first president Sukarno, until his support to a rebel government in Sumatra led him to a self-exile for 10 years. He also had senior posts under Suharto.

He was regarded as the "economics guru" by many of Indonesia's technocrats -- those who shaped the country's economics policy in Suharto's New Order and propelled the economic miracle until the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

President Abdurrahman Wahid and Speaker of People's Consultative Assembly Amien Rais, were among dignitaries who paid their last respect to Sumitro.

With the exception of Prabowo's wife, members of Suharto's family had not shown up to deliver their condolences, local media reported.



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