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First inauguration of Joko Widodo

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First presidential inauguration of
Joko Widodo
Joko Widodo first inauguration
Joko Widodo taking his presidential oath
Date20 October 2014; 9 years ago (2014-10-20)
LocationParliamentary Complex, Jakarta
Organized byPeople's Consultative Assembly
ParticipantsJoko Widodo
7th president of Indonesia
Jusuf Kalla
12th vice president of Indonesia
— Assuming office
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
6th president of Indonesia
Boediono
11th vice president of Indonesia
— Leaving office

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The first inauguration of Joko Widodo as the seventh president of Indonesia took place on Monday, 20 October 2014 at the Parliamentary Complex, Jakarta. This ceremony marked the commencement of the first five-year term of Joko Widodo (universally known as Jokowi) as president and second non-consecutive and final term of Jusuf Kalla as vice president.

Jokowi and Kalla won the 2014 election with 53.15% of the popular vote against their only rivals, Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa.[1]

Context[edit]

Joko Widodo was elected in the highly competitive 2014 election. Jokowi, who held the post of mayor of Surakarta and the governor of Jakarta receives widespread national and international media attention due to his unique background and style. He is the son of a carpenter who worked as a furniture exporter before becoming a politician. He is the first Indonesian president not to have come from the military or political elite.[2] His unique leadership style, including blusukan (spending time in impoverished areas to informally chat with the people), proved very popular among Indonesians.[3]

Five days before his inauguration, Time magazine featured him on the cover page, titled "A New Hope".[4]

Inauguration ceremony[edit]

The inauguration ceremony was started on 10:00 local time (03:00 UTC). It was held on the People's Consultative Assembly parliamentary session led by assembly speaker Zulkifli Hasan. Before the reading of the oath, he read the proclamation on the election results. President-elect Joko Widodo then read the presidential oath, followed by Jusuf Kalla afterwards.

After his inauguration, Joko Widodo delivered his inaugural address, titled Di Bawah Kehendak Rakyat dan Konstitusi (Under the Will of the People and the Constitution). In his speech, he promised that his government would ensure every citizen throughout the archipelago, including its furthest reaches, would be served. He also calls for unity among Indonesians and announcing his determination to establish Indonesia as a maritime country. To foreign guests and delegates, he said that Indonesia would remain consistent with its free and active foreign policy.[5][6]

Post-ceremony events[edit]

After the inauguration ceremony, the process continued by a people's festival that took place in the Monas monument, a few kilometres away from the DPR/MPR Building. Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla joined the cultural parade started from Hotel Indonesia roundabout to the Istana Merdeka, carried by a chariot.[7] In the Istana, outgoing President Yudhoyono and his cabinet ceremonially handed over the presidential palace with a military procession. He then joined the peoples festival and addressed another speech.[8]

Guests[edit]

President Joko Widodo switched seats with his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after reciting the oath of office, the first presidential "seat-switching" since 1999 (between B. J. Habibie and Abdurrahman Wahid.)
State guests attending the inauguration ceremony.

Local guests attended the ceremony including the former presidents of Indonesia, B. J. Habibie and Megawati Sukarnoputri, and former First Lady Sinta Nuriyah. Former vice presidents Try Sutrisno and Hamzah Haz also attended the inauguration. His rivals during the election, Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa also attended the ceremony, receiving appreciation and applause.[9]

There were several international guests attended the inauguration ceremony, and until the inauguration ceremony, there are more than 90 diplomats and foreign representatives confirmed their attendance.[10]

Foreign attendees[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jokowi dilantik hari ini sebagai presiden Indonesia" (in Indonesian). BBC Indonesia.
  2. ^ "Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesian president". BBC News. 20 October 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  3. ^ Editorial: Start working, Jokowi', 22 January 2013, The Jakarta Post.
  4. ^ "The New Face of Indonesian Democracy". Time. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Complete text of Jokowi inaugural address". Tribunnews.com.
  6. ^ "Joko Widodo inaugurated as Indonesia seventh president". The Straits Times. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Berikut Rangkaian Pesta Rakyat Pelantikan Jokowi". Tempo.co. 24 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Tampil di panggung pesta rakyat, Jokowi kembali ajak rakyat bekerja keras". Sekretariat Kabinet Republik Indonesia. 24 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Masuk ruang pelantikan Jokowi, Prabowo dapat standing applause". Detik.com (in Indonesian). 20 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Siapa saja tamu negara yang hadir di pelantikan Jokowi". Tempo.