Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo will kick off a fresh term Sunday, facing a wave of crises.Sunday’s inauguration also comes a little over a week after his chief security minister Wiranto was stabbed in an attack by two members of a local extremist outfit allied to the Islamic State group.
Jakarta under heavy security days after Islamist militants tried to assassinate his top security minister.
More than 30,000 security personnel were deployed in the capital Jakarta amid fears of another attack during an inauguration ceremony for Widodo, 58, and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, 76, attended by foreign delegations and heads of state, which is scheduled to start at around 2:30 pm (0730 GMT).
Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was meeting with several visiting leaders including Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison before the swearing-in.
Jokowi — a popular, heavy metal-loving former businessman from outside the political and military elite — was hailed as Indonesia’s answer to Barack Obama when he was first elected in 2014 to lead the world’s third-biggest democracy.