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PROTESTS PROMPT NEW PROBE OF SUHARTO

After days of bloody student protests, Indonesian President B.J. Habibie on Saturday ordered a new corruption inquiry into President Suharto, his authoritarian predecessor and ex-mentor.

The decision to appoint a commission to investigate Suharto's wealth came precisely six months after Habibie replaced the 77-year-old former autocrat on May 21 as head of state after deadly protests.

An earlier inquiry that found no wrongdoing by Suharto has been branded a sham by critics.

A renewed wave of civil unrest during the past 10 days has left as many as 16 people dead, including eight students who were shot by troops in street battles in downtown Jakarta, the capital. The students are demanding greater democracy and want Suharto tried for alleged corruption.

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