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Jakarta Post

No festivities or large crowds allowed for Jokowi's inauguration

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 20, 2019   /  10:07 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla ride a horse carriage and greet the large crowd after their inauguration on Oct. 20, 2014. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appears to be shying away from the public amid the recent turmoil engulfing the country as the incumbent has requested that his presidential inauguration on Sunday be carried out with a simple ceremony, unlike the festive celebration observed five years ago, during which hundreds of thousands took to the streets to parade for him. Jokowi informed reporters of his request on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta after meeting with People’s Consultative Assembly leaders to talk about his swearing-in ceremony alongside vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin on Sunday afternoon. “I have also addressed that the ceremony and celebration of the inauguration be conducted simply, although without reducing the solemnity of the event,” Jokowi said. Canceled parade Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko also asked for J...