The Presidential Years

Indonesian military leader and politician. President of Indonesia for 31 years from 1967. When civil war broke out in neighbouring Portuguese Timor in 1974 after the Portuguese withdrew, Suharto intervened with approval of western countries, invading and annexing the territory as the East Timor province of Indonesia and violently suppressing resistance. Mandela contributed to a United Nations sponsored resolution of the conflict and East Timor’s independence.