Joko Widodo was sworn in as the seventh Indonesian President on October 20, replacing his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of foreign leaders, such as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Timor Leste PM Xanana Gusmao, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Papua New Guinean PM Peter Oneil, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

During the ceremony, Widodo pledged to fulfill his duty to his best ability and in the fairest way possible.

His new cabinet is scheduled to be announced on October 22, with the objective of boosting the country’s progress in terms of socio-economic development, education and healthcare.

Prior to the ceremony, the president expressed his wish to establish an open government with experts and professionals accounting for 70 percent of the top positions.

On the same day, people flocked to Jakarta’s streets to celebrate the event. Approximately 24,000 police officers were deployed to ensure public safety.-VNA