Friday, December 09, 2022

64 years not seen by the President, residents of Tanimbar enthusiastically welcome Djokovic

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited Tanimbar Islands Regency, Maluku Province. Jokowi is the second President to visit Tanimbar after President Sukarno.

Based on a written statement from the Press Bureau of the President’s Secretariat, Friday (2/9/2022), Jokowi and First Lady Irena have been warmly welcomed by residents since their arrival in the Tanimbar Islands yesterday. Slogans with the name ‘Jokowi’ were echoing on the road.

“Mr. Jokowi… Mr. Jokowi…,” shouted residents across the road from Mathilda Bataleri airport to the hotel where Jokowi and his crew were staying.

On the second day in the Tanimbar Islands, Jokowi was still greeted enthusiastically by the public. Passers-by greeted him from Olilit Market to the post office.

In response to the large number of people who welcomed his arrival, Jokowi considered it because he had not met his leader in a long time. Jokowi said residents’ enthusiasm was probably because they wanted to meet the leader.

“Maybe it’s been a long time in Soumalki, the Tanimbar Islands never visited (the president), it’s been over 50 years. If people are so enthusiastic, yes, because they want to meet the leader,” said the president. While delivering the press statement at the post office.

Earlier, Daniel Indy, Acting Regent of the Tanimbar Islands, reported that the last President of the Republic of Indonesia to visit the Tanimbar Islands was President Sukarno in 1958. This means that the President of the Tanimbar Islands has not visited for 64 years.

“Obviously people are happy, happy and excited to welcome President Jokowi, because the president’s last visit in November was President Sukarno in 1958,” Daniels said.

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