Abdurrahman Wahid

After Abdurrahman Wahid, the first democratically elected President of Indonesia, died on Dec. 30 at age 69, thousands of people lined the roads as his body was driven to the cemetery. Some held signs saying farewell, gus dur — his affectionate nickname. Many wept openly.

Wahid was not a manager; he was forced from office by Parliament after less than two years. But he was a visionary, and as President, he planted a vision of an Indonesia — the country with the world's fourth largest population and the most Muslims — committed to religious freedom and human rights.

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