Jokowi 2

We are lucky to be here in Indonesia in these exciting times!

Yesterday President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi took the oath of office, alongside his Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

I just had to take a couple of pictures of the TV with my iPhone to show you. It was a very worthy and dignified occasion, even the photographers and the journalists wore suit and tie!

Leaders from all over the world gathered here in Jakarta to show their support of this young democracy’s big moment when for the first time power was handed from one directly elected president to another.

Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy, with 187 million voters. President Yudhoyono was the first directly elected president and is now leaving after serving the maximum two five-year terms in office.

Jokowi

The Imam held the Koran over President Jokowi while he took the presidential oath.

Jokowi3

To the left are the former President Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono with wives and to the right are Jokowi with his wife and Vice President Kalla with his wife barely in the picture.

/Lene

By the way, I also wanted to tell you I was invited to guest blog at one of Sweden’s biggest literary blogs, Debutantbloggen, and the post (in Swedish) you can read by clicking the link.