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Suharto is rushed to hospital

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  • Former Indonesian president is listed in critical condition, but is improving
  • He was being treated for a failing liver, heart and lungs, his doctors say
  • He is alert and can recognize people, his physician says
  • Suharto was president from 1967 until his resignation in 1998
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Former Indonesian President Suharto was in critical condition but was improving Saturday, a day after he was rushed to a hospital for treatment of a failing liver, heart and lungs, his doctors said.


The health of Suharto, shown at birthday celebrations in June, has deteriorated.

Suharto, 86, was admitted to Pertamina Hospital in south Jakarta on Friday after suffering at his home for five days.

Suharto's physician, Dr. Mardjo Soebiandono, said the critical period was over and the former president is alert and can recognize people.

Indonesia's president and vice president visited him at the hospital Saturday morning and emerged calling for prayers for him.

Suharto was president of Indonesia from 1967 until his resignation, under immense political pressure, in 1998. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Andy Saputra contributed to this report.

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