New President Bacharuddin Habibie early today freed two opposition figures jailed by his predecessor, Suharto, and confirmed his commitment to urgent elections. Former legislator Sri Bintang Pamungkas and union leader Muchtar Pakpahan walked free from the feared Cipinang jail in east Jakarta at 1 am after the delivery of a presidential decree abolishing all charges against them and granting amnesty. Earlier, they told supporters: 'The Government has agreed all political prisoners will be selectively freed.' Justice Minister Muladi, who was also at the jail, confirmed the Government would review the files of all political prisoners. Prisoners involved in armed uprisings or criminal offences, and the nine elderly men still in jail for their links to the 1965 violence that followed what the Suharto government called a coup attempt against then president Sukarno, would not be freed, Mr Muladi said. 'There will be more releases, he said, with those jailed for protesting at human rights violations the most likely candidates for release. Mr Bintang said he would continue campaigning for more democratic reforms. Mr Pakpahan said he planned to continue as a labour activist and did not intend to move into politics. Mr Bintang was sentenced to 34 months in prison in 1996 after being found guilty of defaming Mr Suharto while speaking at a seminar in Berlin. Human rights workers said they were heartened by the apparent easing of restrictions following the end of Mr Suharto's 32-year rule last Thursday, but they warned that full justice was a long way off. First, those coming out of jail must be allowed the presumption of innocence. 'At this stage we must be wary of political tricks,' said Gustaf Dupe, of the Indonesian Society for Humanity. 'There are a lot of wrongs that must be put right.' Up to 200 prisoners languish inside jails for political crimes. A further 600 face detention pending trial. Opposition figures said they were now more confident new election laws would allow greater political flexibility and openness. Government spokesmen emerged from Mr Habibie's first cabinet meeting yesterday to confirm his tenure would be a caretaker one and elections would take place as early as next year. 'The principle is elections as soon as possible after we prepare the laws,' State Secretary Akbar Tandjung said. 'We will prepare the electoral law and the political party law as soon as possible.' Cabinet ministers have warned careful deliberation would be needed to find the right system. Mr Suharto's dictatorial control allowed only three parties to contest polls and restricted political activity at any time other than elections.