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President Jokowi’s small safe haven

Agus Dermawan T.

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, May 1, 2019  /  05:43 pm
President Jokowi’s small safe haven

President Jokowi’s residence, Wisma Dyah Bayurini. (-/Agus Dermawan T.)

In a corner of the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, is a small house in which President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo lives in tranquility. The Republic of Indonesia has had seven presidents and not all of them have opted to reside in a presidential palace. First president Sukarno stayed at both the Jakarta and Bogor palaces compounds on various occasions. Meanwhile, Sukarno’s successor, Suharto, opted to live in his own home on Jl. Cendana in Menteng, Jakarta. After B.J. Habibie rose to the presidency following Suharto’s resignation in 1998, he stayed in Kuningan, Jakarta. Then, president Megawati Sukarnoputri prefered to live in Kebagusan, Jakarta and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas in Bogor, west Java. So far, only president Abdurrachman “Gus Dur” Wahid and President Jokowi picked an official presidential palace as a place to ...