Jokowi Attends Dress Rehearsal for Farewell and Welcoming Ceremony for the President in Presidential Palace
After making a tour around the compound of the Presidential Office in Jakarta together with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) attended the dress rehearsal for the Farewell and Welcoming Ceremony for the President. The dress rehearsal was held in the yard of Merdeka Palace on Sunday (19/10) at 05.00 PM west Indonesia time. President SBY and President-elect Jokowi were seen to sit side by side and watch the procession of the dress rehearsal for the ceremony from the terrace of Merdeka Palace.
The procession of the dress rehearsal was started by the cavalry which entered the yard and then made a formation. Then, the actors who played the roles of President SBY and President-elect Jokowi entered the dais of honor. Accompanied by the marching band of the Presidential Security Guards (Paspampres), both actors made a line of honor.
Then came the recitation of a poem to say good-bye to President SBY and the choir who sang the song titled Pantang Mundur (Never Give Up) composed by Titiek Puspa.
In the end of the procession, several soldiers formed a cordon to respect and to escort President SBY who was about to leave the Palace.
President SBY and President-elect Jokowi watched the dress rehearsal until 05.30 PM west Indonesia time and then left the terrace of Merdeka Palace.
In the dress rehearsal, President SBY was accompanied by Coordinating Minister of Political. Legal, and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Chairul Tanjung, Minister of State Secretariat Sudi Silalahi, Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Dino Patti Djalal, Vice Minister of Defense Syafrie Syamsuddin, Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian National Police (Polri) General Sutarman, and Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian National Military General Moeldoko.
Meanwhile, President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was accompanied by Head of Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla Transitional Office, Rini M. Soemarno. (Humas Setkab/ES)