Presiden Jokowi: Inauguration Day As It Happened

Posted on 21 October, 2014

Indonesia welcomed its seventh President to Istana Merdeka yesterday, on an inauguration day that was part ceremony, part street party, and full of colour and excitement.

This morning, we’ve picked out some of the most interesting stories and themes from social media over the last 24 hours.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and AAP’s Gabrielle Dunlevy kicked things off with atmospheric photos of Jakarta at dawn.

The Papers 

The Jakarta Globe took a measured tone to the big day

While Kompas reflected on the grassroots movement which lifted Jokowi to the Presidency.

Anticipation Building

The free food on offer attracted attention early on.

Local media stuck to the big issues   

Meanwhile the now Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla was busy getting ready. How cute!

Before heading over to the DPR for the swearing in ceremony, Jokowi fronted the press with his family. Indonesia’s new first lady Iriana has so far taken a more low-key approach than her predecessor, Ani Yudhoyono.

 The Ceremony Begins

Former President Habibie sitting next to Megawati, who made an appearance at an inauguration ceremony for the first time since losing office in 2004 — it’s a touchy subject.

Secretary of State John Kerry represented the United States at the ceremony.

…but he wasn’t the only foreign dignitary in attendance — Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, Malaysia’s Najib Razak and the Sultan of Brunei also attended.

 Here we go!

Jokowi’s Inauguration Speech

Water was one of the major themes of Jokowi’s address.

Watch the speech in full:

The market liked what it saw, too:

Celebrations

It was a diverse crowd:

All up, the journey from the MPR to Monas took two hours.

Celebrations went on late into the night:

In between meetings with foreign leaders, Jokowi made an appearance on the stage at Monas:

All up, celebrations ran well past midnight:

This morning, it’s back to business as usual in Australia.


This morning’s papers

A quick sampling of commentary from this morning’s papers in Australia, Indonesia and overseas: