Sultan Brunei attends Indonesian President Joko Widodo's inauguration
|HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah meets new Indonesian President Joko Widodo|
|HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah joined other world leaders at the inauguration ceremony of the new Indonesian President|
JAKARTA, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday attended the official inauguration ceremony of the new President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.
Upon arrival at Gedung Nusantara 1, Kompleks Parlimen, the monarch was greeted by outgoing Indonesian President Dato Laila Utama Dr H Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
His Majesty then joined other invited world leaders at the Sidang Paripurna for the official inauguration ceremony.
The monarch also consented to be formally introduced to the assembly of the Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat of Indonesia.
His Majesty witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of Joko Widodo as the seventh President and Muhammad Jusuf Kalla as Vice-President, followed by the signing of their letters of appointment and the new President’s inaugural address.
Other regional leaders present at the ceremony were prime ministers Najib Razak of Malaysia, Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, and Tony Abbott of Australia.
US Secretary of State John Kerry also came to witness the inauguration.
After taking the oath in parliament, Widodo called for unity following the most bitterly fought election in Indonesian history.
Widodo also travelled through the streets of the capital Jakarta in a horse-drawn carriage, with tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters cheering and shouting his name.
His Majesty along with fellow heads of state attended a reception ceremony with the President and Vice-President after the official inauguration ceremony.
The monarch departed the Indonesian capital after the inauguration ceremony.
Prior to leaving the Grand Hyatt Jakarta Hotel, a Doa Selamat was read by State Mufti Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Abd Aziz Juned.
Present at the Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport to bid farewell to the monarch were senior government officials of Indonesia.
Among those present were Bagas Hapsoro, Director-General of Staff Management at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Her Excellency Nurul Qomar, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Brunei; and His Excellency Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Mahmud Hj Saidin, Brunei’s Ambassador to Indonesia.
His Majesty was accompanied by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Rahman Hj Ibrahim, Second Minister of Finance, and Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Brunei Times