Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Joko Widodo has been inaugurated as the seventh president of the Republic of Indonesia, alongside Jusuf Kalla as Vice President.
The inauguration of President Jokowi, as he is more popularly called, has taken place in front of members of the Indonesian parliament and peoples’ consultative assembly (MPR) in Jakarta on Monday, 20 October 2014.
In a historically symbolic gesture for Indonesia, Joko Widodo and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, immediately swapped seating position following the inauguration of new president, .”Beautiful, spectacular,” said Zulkifili Hassan, the MPR speaker, right after Joko Widodo was sworn as President.
Among the world leaders who attended the event are Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.
The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, Michael Ogjio, and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragon are also reportedly attending the inauguration ceremony.
The Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, also attended Monday’s inauguration ceremony, alongside special envoys from South Korea and Japan.
Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla will lead Indonesia for the 2014-2019 period. The pair has won one of the most fiercely contested election in the Indonesian history in July 2014, beating the Prabowo Subianto – Hatta Rajasa.
Mr Widodo’s dizzying ascent in Indonesian politics has taken him from small-town mayor of Surakarta, to governor of bustling Jakarta, to the nation’s highest office within a decade.