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.
— Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong) October 20, 2014
— Gabrielle Dunlevy (@gabdunlevy) October 19, 2014
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and AAP’s Gabrielle Dunlevy kicked things off with atmospheric photos of Jakarta at dawn.
The Jakarta Globe took a measured tone to the big day
While Kompas reflected on the grassroots movement which lifted Jokowi to the Presidency.
The free food on offer attracted attention early on.
Local media stuck to the big issues
Jokowi giving first press conference of inauguration day on crucial issue of: what he ate for breakfast — Ben Bland (@benjaminbland) October 20, 2014
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.
— Tim Cooke (@tim_cooke) October 20, 2014
Here we go!
Jokowi’s Inauguration Speech
Jokowi acknowledges various people. Applause when he mentions SBY and Prabowo. Prabowo shoots him a salute from back of MPR. — NewMandala Indonesia (@IndoNewMandala) October 20, 2014
Water was one of the major themes of Jokowi’s address.
Huge emphasis in Jokowi’s speech on the water, oceans, bays. Analogy of sailing on the ship of Indonesia. Quotes Sukarno to that effect — Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) October 20, 2014
It’s really official: Metro TV has just cut to footage of Jokowi’s car being fitted with the RI-1 licence plate and miniature flags. — NewMandala Indonesia (@IndoNewMandala) October 20, 2014
Watch the speech in full:
The market liked what it saw, too:
President Jokowi and his wife seen leaving the DPR building in the presidential car after the inauguration. pic.twitter.com/DMgFdGS2bb
— Jakarta Globe Blogs (@jgblogs) October 20, 2014
— Zubaidah Nazeer (@ZubNaz) October 20, 2014
— Simon Roughneen (@simonroughneen) October 20, 2014
— NewMandala Indonesia (@IndoNewMandala) October 20, 2014
It was a diverse crowd:
All up, the journey from the MPR to Monas took two hours.
— Aaron Connelly (@ConnellyAL) October 20, 2014
Celebrations went on late into the night:
Jokowi ran across stage at Monas like a mad rock star with a ‘three-finger’ salute, ie, Salam Tiga Jari. He led crowds to sing Nat’l anthem — Zubaidah Nazeer (@ZubNaz) October 20, 2014
In between meetings with foreign leaders, Jokowi made an appearance on the stage at Monas:
— NET. (@netmediatama) October 20, 2014
All up, celebrations ran well past midnight:
This morning, it’s back to business as usual in Australia.
PM Tony Abbott returned to Canberra after attending the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo pic.twitter.com/2GsuZJDov8
— andrew meares (@mearesy) October 20, 2014
This morning’s papers
A quick sampling of commentary from this morning’s papers in Australia, Indonesia and overseas:
- The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Peter Hartcher saw yesterday’s inauguration standing in stark contrast to democracy in Malaysia. Michael Bachelard also reported on Jokowi’s speech at the ceremony.
- In the Jakarta Post, former member Djoko Susilo criticises the ‘irresponsible’ house, while Endy Bayuni highlights SBY’s consolidation of democracy.
- Widjajanti Isdijoso Suharyo and Nils Grede also list some of the challenges facing Indonesia’s healthcare system.
- The Jakarta Globe‘s editorial flags a new “open and honest era” in Indonesia politics.
- In The Australian, Greg Sheridan focussed on Indonesia’s response to Australia’s immigration policies.
- The New York Times highlights Jokowi’s ‘parliament problem‘.
- The Lowy Institute’s Aaron Connelly with a look at how Indonesian foreign policy will look under Jokowi.
- Also at Lowy, some great photos from the inauguration day celebrations.