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Mourning Jokowi on schedule to join G20 online meeting

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26, 2020   /   12:42 pm
Mourning Jokowi on schedule to join G20 online meeting Family members of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gather in front of the emergency unit at the Slamet Riyadi Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java on Wednesday to bring home the body of his mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo who passed away at 77 on Wednesday afternoon. (Antara/Mohammad Ayudha)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is set to participate in the online video-conference summit with the other G20 leaders on Thursday evening amid his grief over the passing of his mother on Wednesday.

Jokowi would be joining the online meeting from the Bogor Presidential Palace at 7 p.m., Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said. 

“He remains steadfast and keeps thinking about work, especially issues related to the handling of COVID-19,” he told reporters in a text message on Thursday.

He and State Secretary Pratikno accompanied the President in his hometown of Surakarta, Central Java until 11 p.m. They were the only two ministers in the Cabinet joining Jokowi in Surakarta after the news broke that the President’s mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, died on Wednesday. Other state officials had refrained from visiting Surakarta and expressed their condolences from afar because of the COVID-19 pandemic, over which Surakarta had also declared an emergency status.

Sujiatmi died at age 77 after four years of battling throat cancer. She is to be laid to rest in the family’s cemetery in Karanganyar, Central Java on Thursday at 1 p.m.

The President and all G20 leaders are slated to discuss international efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. The meeting, which is to be led by G20 chairman and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is also to focus on measures to stave off global economic recession and the social impacts caused by the disease.

Representatives of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, in addition to the World Health Organization, are to also join the online meeting. (glh)