First Inauguration of Joko Widodo


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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 DPR/MPR Building, 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 his only rival, Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa.

Context

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. His unique leadership style, including blusukan (spending time in impoverished areas to informally chat with the people), proved very popular among Indonesians.

Five days before his inauguration, Time Magazine featured him on the cover page, titled “A New Hope”.

Inauguration Ceremony

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.

Post-ceremony Events

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 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.

Guests

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.

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.

Gallery

2014 Indonesian Presidential Election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Presidential elections were held in Indonesia on 9 July 2014, with former general Prabowo Subianto contesting the elections against the governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo; incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office. On 22 July the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced Joko Widodo’s victory. He and his vice president, Jusuf Kalla, were sworn-in on 20 October 2014, for a 5-year term.

According to the 2008 election law, only parties or coalitions controlling 20% of DPR seats or winning 25% of the popular votes in the 2014 parliamentary elections are eligible to nominate a candidate. This law was challenged in the Constitutional Court,but in late January 2014, the court ruled that the requirement would stand for this election. No party exceeded the threshold in the 2014 legislative elections; therefore, two coalitions were formed.

Headlines

BBC

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesian president

20 October 2014 | BBC NEWS

Joko Widodo, the charismatic outsider who won Indonesia’s presidency, made a call for national reconciliation and unity as he was sworn in.

Popularly known as Jokowi, the 53-year-old took the oath of office at a ceremony held at parliament in Jakarta.

He was then cheered through the streets as he made his way on a horse-drawn carriage to the state palace.

The former Jakarta governor is the first president not to have come from the military or political elite.

Elected in July, the former furniture exporter and son of a carpenter now leads the world’s third-largest democracy, with a population of about 250 million people.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott were among those who attended the inauguration.

TIME

The New Face of Indonesian Democracy
Hannah Beech | Oct 16, 2014

THE STRAITS TIMES [Singapore]

Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (second from left) and president-elect Joko Widodo (third from right) arrive before the inaugural ceremony at the House of Representative in Jakarta on Oct 20, 2014. — PHOTO: AFP

PUBLISHED OCT 20, 2014, 11:40 AM SGT

JOKO Widodo was sworn in on Monday as Indonesia’s seventh president, in a ceremony watched by millions of Indonesians live on TV and by visiting dignitaries from some 20 countries.

With a copy of the Quran held over his head, Mr Joko recited the oath of office: “By God, I will carry out my duties as president of the Republic of Indonesia as best and as justly as I can, Upholding the constitution and the laws of the republic, and to serve the motherland and nation.”

He then embraced former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and both men exchanged seats at the front of the hall.

Monday’s inauguration is the first in Indonesian history to be attended by both an outgoing president and his successor, and hopes are high that the cordial transition will usher in another period of political stability for South-east Asia’s largest economy.

Also present at the ceremony were Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, among other guests including US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr Joko was elected on July 9 with 53.2 per cent of the vote, defeating rival Prabowo Subianto by over 8 million votes.

Banners throughout the capital, referring to Dr Yudhoyono and Mr Joko by their popular names, proclaimed: “Thank you SBY, welcome Jokowi”.

The session at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) – which brings together Parliament and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) – was also for the first time attended by former presidents B.J.Habibie and Megawati Sukarnoputri, as well as the widow of former president Abdurrahman Wahid.

Also present was Mr Prabowo and his running mate Hatta Rajasa.

Before the swearing in, MPR Speaker Zulkifli Hasan paid tribute to Dr Yudhoyono for his contributions to growing Indonesia’s economy and ensuring political stability and peace, and raising the country’s stature over his decade in office.

“We stand tall together and sit at the same level as developed nations today,” Mr Zulkifli said, noting that Indonesia’s diplomatic weight and role in international forums like the G20 and Asean had increased significantly under Dr Yudhoyono.

“We thank him for laying a strong foundation for the continued development of Indonesia. We hope he will continue to serve the nation,” he added.

Mr Joko then delivered a short speech, his first as president, where he acknowledged his election rival Mr Prabowo, who in turn stood and saluted Mr Joko, to applause.

“We all have a shared commitment as a large nation,” Mr Joko said in his speech.

“This the moment for us to work together towards an Indonesia that is politically sovereign, economically self sufficient, and culturally resilient.”

He stressed that a spirit of unity and gotong royong – mutual cooperation – were critical for Indonesia as the country forged ahead.

He also pledged that his government would ensure every citizen throughout the archipelago, including its furthest reaches, would be served, and called on all Indonesians, whether fishermen, farmers, bakso sellers, street vendors, teachers, or academics, to stand together and work for the greater good of the country.

“The grand task of developing our nation cannot be done by the president and vice- president alone. It requires the efforts of all of us,” he said.

“So work, work and work we must to raise the welfare of all of us.”

Mr Joko also indicated that Indonesia’s foreign policy direction would be broadly consistent, saying: “As the largest nation in South-east Asia, we will continue our “free and active” foreign policy to contribute to a stable global order based on sovereignty and social justice.”

At home, he said the country would focus on developing its seas and oceans.

He also cited founding president Sukarno’s call on Indonesians to have a new seafaring spirit to brave the waves to be a strong, prosperous and peaceful nation.

“As your captain, Let me invite all of you to board the ship that is Indonesia.We will unfurl our sails, and brave the waters ahead on our strengths,” he added.

After the two-hour ceremony at the People’s Consultative Assembly, Mr Joko was ferried by horse drawn carriage from central Jakarta to the presidential palace.

zakirh@sph.com.sg

TEMPO

Siapa Saja Tamu Negara yang Hadir di Pelantikan Jokowi?
Oleh : Tempo.co | Minggu, 19 Oktober 2014 23:58 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat (MPR) mengaku tidak mengundang perwakilan negara sahabat dalam pelantikan Presiden terpilih Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK) pada hari ini, Senin 20 Oktober 2014. Meski tak mengundang, MPR mendapat pemberitahuan sejumlah negara akan datang dalam acara pelantikan Jokowi-JK.

“ Sekitar 17 perwakilan Negara tetangga dan utusan khusus dipastikan hadir” kata Ketua MPR Zulkifli Hasan di MPR, Jakarta, Sabtu 18 Oktober 2014.

Mereka yang sudah memberikan konfirmasi kehadiran antara lain:

  1. Presiden Timor Leste Taur Matan Ruak
  2. Perdana Menteri Brunei Darussalam HM Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
  3. Perdana Menteri Papua Nugin Peter O’Nieill
  4. Perdana Menteri Australia Tony Abbott
  5. Perdana Menteri Singapura Lee Hsien Loong
  6. Perdana Menteri Malaysia Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak
  7. Perdana Menteri Haiti Laurent Salvador Lamonthe
  8. Utusan khusus Jepang mantan Perdana Menteri Yasuo Fukuda
  9. Deputi Ketua Parlemen China Yan Junqi
  10. Kepala Kantor Pemerintah Viet Nam Vu Duc Ndu
  11. Menteri Luar Negeri Selandia Baru Murray McCully
  12. Utusan Khusus Republik Korea Kim Tae-whan dan Ham Jin-kyu
  13. Deputi PM/Menlu Thailand Tanasak Patimapragorn
  14. Utusan khusus Belanda Dr Tjeek Willink
  15. Menteri Luar Negeri Amerika Serikat John Kerry
  16. Menteri Luar Negeri Inggris Philip Hammond
  17. Menteri Perindustrian Rusia Denis Valentinovich.

Kepala Protokol Negara Kementerian Luar Negeri Ahmad Rusdi mengatakan, para kepala negara dan pemerintahan akan mendapatkan pelayanan seperti tamu negara, mulai dari keprotokolan, pengaturan pengamanan, fasilitas transportasi, maupun courtesy. Baik dalam penyambutan di bandara maupun saat menghadiri upacara pelantikan.

“Pada upacara pelantikan ketika tiba mereka akan disambut Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Setelah pelantikan mereka akan menghadiri resepsi yang diselenggarakan Presiden baru, Joko Widodo,” papar dia.

Beberapa kepala negara akan langsung bertolak kembali ke negaranya usai acara. Namun ada pula yang mengatakan kunjungan kehormatan, baik kepada Presiden baru maupun mitra atau koleganya.

Selain kepala negara/pemerintahan serta utusan khusus, seluruh duta besar dan perwakilan organisasi internasional yang ada di Jakarta telah memastikan kehadiran mereka. Jumlahnya sekitar 90 orang.

NATALIA SANTI

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