Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia at Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, May 14, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 14 Mei 2023
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
First, I am delighted that [the Indonesian team] has seized 60 gold medals. Although the gold medal target is 60, I want it to exceed 69. I hope it can be realized. Second, I am also delighted that our national football team has made it through to the final. With a great fighting spirit and mentality which I consider as a winning mentality, the team deserves the victory. Remember that the team only had 10 players and they’re still able to score another goal. That’s the winning mentality.

Reporter
What is your prediction about the score of the game, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
For the final match? Anything can happen in football.

Reporter
Are you going to watch [the match] with [Vice President] Ma’ruf Amin, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
I can watch [the match] anywhere, in my car through video, or at home through television or video.

Reporter
What about the bonus for the athletes?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Hold on, the event has not yet ended.

Reporter
What is your view on Cabinet Ministers running for the election, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Regulations stipulate that Cabinet Ministers are allowed to run for legislative candidates. The most important thing is that their candidacy should not hamper their daily tasks. I will continuously evaluate Cabinet Ministers’ performance and it is possible to replace the relevant Ministers if their candidacy hampers their duties and performances.

(RI/MUR)

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