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2"avid Jenkins, writing in 1984, describes the degree of control SoeXlarto had achieved almost two decades after taEng power: Sukarto stood at the apex of the pyramid; his appointees sat in each of the key executive, legislative, and judiciaX branches of government , . His writ extended into every department and into every state-run covaration; it reached down, if be chose, to every village . . 25 198&/993: Order secured Jenkins-description has stood the test af time. The only eo might be added is to note that in the nine intervening years, Soeharta has, if anything, made himself still more unassailable.
Once Sukarno had fled, Major General A ~ Machmlxd r left to tell Soeharto what had happened. Exactly what transpired in that meeting is another matter under contention. Maehmud said Soeharto instmcted him and two other generals to reassure Sukarno 'that the army could keep the situation under controt if given the full confidence sf the president"5 Whatever their instructions, the outcome of a subsequent meeting between the three generals and Sukarna was the "etter of f l March" later refened to as Supersemar.
This meant, in practice, mare orthodox Muslims and co top reaches of the military. The army was also rattled by communists" efforts to fashion their own armed fighting force. The intellectual class was another target of the csmmunists, The Communist Party-affiliated People's Cultural Institute, known as Lekra, railed at artists, journalists, poets and pfaywrights deeme commjtted to the cause. Its motto was: blities is the G its rural strongholds, the parly launched "unilateral actions' against large plantations and farms to force compliance with a 1960 land reform law, further aggravating tensions with local Muslim landlords.